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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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Turks and caicos islands hurricane summary 2012

Turks and Caicos Islands Hurricane Summary2012


Overview
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 ).

  • 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.



Overview1
Overview

  • 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.




Overview2
Overview

  • 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.




Preparedness
Preparedness

  • 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.


Preparedness1
Preparedness

  • 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.


Communication
Communication

  • 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.


Communication cont
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.


Communication cont1
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.


Impacts
Impacts

  • 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]


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