Hurricane Season Aruba
Hurricane season started officially this month. This is a time for many islands in the Caribbean, like areas in the US, especially Florida, to start preparing for the worst. According to the National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami the 2007 hurricane season will be above normal. NHC: “For the 2007 Atlantic hurricane season, NOAA scientists predict 13 to 17 named storms, 7 to 10 becoming hurricanes, of which 3 to 5 could become major hurricanes of Category 3 strength or higher”.
Hurricane activity is not usual in this region of the Caribbean. Very rarely Aruba receives any kind of hurricane related incidents. Chances of cancellation because of weather issues are very rare. Nonetheless the islands’ calamity department has taken the necessary steps to be prepared as much as needed.
Back in 2005 Aruba experienced the last true hurricane related weather activity with hurricane Ivan passing tens of miles north of Aruba. It did not hit the island, but it brought lots of rain for a period of 24 hours and waves were huge for many days. No casualties or any personal damage were reported. However, low laying areas were inundated and Valero Refinery shut down for 24 hours as a precautionary measure.