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Revised predictions for the Hurricane season have prompted a strong caution from the Director of NEMO.

Velda Joseph, has urged Saint Lucians to prepare for the ‘worst case scenario’ during the current Atlantic Hurricane season.

The number of named storms forecast to develop in the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season has increased slightly in the final forecast issued Friday by the Colorado State University Tropical Meteorology Project. A total of 16 named storms and eight hurricanes are expected in the Atlantic Basin, three of the eight hurricanes are forecast to be Category 3 or stronger.

Tropical Storms Arlene, Bret, Cindy, Don and Emily – all of which have already occurred – are included in the seasonal forecast numbers in the outlook. The forecast has slightly increased for named storms compared to the last update from July 5, which called for 15 named storms. It's significantly higher than the initial April forecast of 11 named storms and four hurricanes.

Joseph explained that scientists have given two reasons for the upgraded prediction – the warm waters in the tropical and sub-tropical Atlantic and a dwindling chance of El Nino.

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