Officials prepare for hurricanes

Meteorologists and disaster management officials from across the Caribbean recently participated in a real-time forecasting system training session hosted by the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility. 

Omar Afflick, deputy director of preparedness with Hazard Management Cayman Islands, was one of the 25 participants. 

The forecasting system provides information not available from other hurricane weather sources or forecasting systems, including the impact a storm is likely to have once it makes landfall.  

The system forecasts wind speed over land, storm surge and wave heights along the coast, total expected rainfall, number of people that may be affected by wind speed category, expected general damage levels, and expected down-time for ports and airports. 

Mr. Afflick said that the training session was designed to help participants use the forecasting system.He said that the training session used real-life examples, including Hurricane Sandy, to examine how to interpret weather forecasts. 

Mr. Afflick said that the training session used real-life examples, including Hurricane Sandy, to examine how to interpret weather forecasts. 

Hurricane Ivan aftermath

– Photographer: Justin Uzzell

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