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Turks and Caicos Islands Hurricane Summary 2012. Overview. The 2012 Atlantic hurricane season is a very active hurricane season. Thus far we have seen 19 storms which exceeds the number of predicted storms for the season. (10 hurricanes, 1 major ).

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  • The 2012 Atlantic hurricane season is a very active hurricane season.
  • Thus far we have seen 19 storms which exceeds the number of predicted storms for the season. (10 hurricanes, 1 major ).
  • There was an early start to this hurricane season with tropical storms Alberto and Beryl developing during the month of May, a few weeks ahead of the official start to the 2012 hurricane season.

2012 Hurricane

  • Season summary
  • 19 Storms
  • 10 Hurricanes
  • 1 Major
  • There was no real threat to the Turks and Caicos Islands this 2012 hurricane season.
  • The islands were under a tropical storm warning on August 24th and 25th as Isaac approached Haiti which is to our southwest. Isaac brought gusty winds an about an inch of rain.
  • Short lived tropical storm Patty also brought little rain and slight gust in winds across the islands.

Hurricane Isaac

  • Aug. 21- Sept 1
  • Peak 80mph
  • Int. 968 mb

Tropical Storm Patty

  • Oct 11 – Oct 13
  • Peak 45mph
  • Int. 1005 mb
  • Hurricane Sandy had more impacts on the Turks and Caicos Islands than the previous 2 storms as it relates to wind and rain.
  • The islands were not placed under any watches or warnings for this storm although the southeastern Bahamas was placed under a tropical storm warning.
  • Sandy brought average winds of 27kts with gusts to 38kts and an accumulated amount of 3.7 inches of rain from October 24th to the 26th.

Hurricane Sandy

  • On Oct 24
  • Cat. 1

Hurricane Sandy

  • Oct. 22 – Oct 29
  • Peak 110mph
  • Int. 940 mb
  • During these storms the National Emergency Operations Centre NEOC which is the Disaster Management and Emergencies coordinating centre was activated.
  • Approved shelters were opened to accommodate persons who deemed it necessary to seek better safety.
  • This may have been necessary due to their homes being vulnerable or their homes may have been in low lying flood-prone areas.
  • We are now in a better position to track and monitor ALL tropical systems be it a threat or not to the Turks and Caicos Islands by use of our new HURRTRAK Advanced 2012 software.
  • Communications from the NEOC to the general public has become very effective within the past few years.
  • Warning messages are being broadcast on all local television channels and radio stations.
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Communication cont.
  • With the assistance of all three telecommunications service providers, warnings issued by the NEOC are being sent out to general public via text messages.
  • Also since just about everyone is now using a smart phone, messages are now being sent out via Blackberry messaging (bbm) or WhatsApp.
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Communication cont.
  • There was a cause for concern in the past for messages being sent out in this fashion because anyone could have been sending these messages out people would just forward it.
  • All messages approved for radio, television and text messages must be provided by the NEOC and signed by the individual in charge.
  • All BBM and WhatsApp messages will have the name of the individual in charge of the NEOC at the bottom of each message.
public response
Public Response
  • Since the passage of hurricane Ike in September of 2008 the population gained a much greater respect for watches and warnings being issued for the TCI and now have a higher level of preparedness.
  • The Turks and Caicos Islands did not suffer any damages this hurricane season except for flooding in the usual low lying flood-prone areas.

Front Street,

  • Grand Turk
  • Turks & Caicos Islands
  • After Sandy passed

Kendre Wilson

Turks & Caicos Islands Airports Authority

Meteorological Officer

[email protected]