The traditional busiest month of September, is now over, in what has been a relatively quiet 2014 Atlantic hurricane season, says Andrea Gordon-Martin, Assistant General Manager, JN General Insurance Company.
September 2014 ended with just two named storms forming, Dolly and Edouard. This is in addition to Bertha and Arthur, which formed earlier in the season, which runs from June 1 through to November 30.
“This is in keeping with pre-season predictions of a relatively quiet year,” Mrs. Gordon-Martin stated. She advised caution, however, as three weeks remain of the peak danger portion of the season in November.
The Global Forecast System run by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration suggests that hurricane formation will remain limited in the immediate future, indicating the possibility of one to two more named storms in the Atlantic for this season.
She noted that predictions for the 2012 hurricane season had generally been for an average season, yet Hurricane Sandy struck the island on October 24 after the season peak, and tore a path of destruction through eastern Jamaica.
The insurer, in collaboration with its subsidiary, the Jamaica Automobile Association, immediately activated its Catastrophe Mobile Response Teams, which went out to clients who indicated that they had suffered damage. They carried recovery “Cat Kits” containing tarpaulins, water and hand sanitizer.
“It only takes one hurricane to make a difference to you,” she stated, “and it doesn’t matter what time in the season it comes.”