What to expect from Storm Tammy in Antigua and Barbuda

What to expect from Storm Tammy in Antigua and Barbuda?

Tropical Storm Tammy is expected to bring tropical storm conditions to Antigua and Barbuda on Friday (20th) and Saturday (21th). This means that residents can expect sustained winds of 39-73 mph, heavy rainfall, and coastal flooding.

In fact, this meteorological phenomenon has the potential to develop into a hurricane over the island of Guadeloupe. There is a minimal chance of it reaching hurricane status over Guadeloupe, but still possible. Tammy is forecasted to bring significant rainfall to specific regions. The Leeward Islands are expected to receive a total of 4 to 8 inches of rain due to the storm, and in some localized areas, particularly susceptible to heavy downpours, the rainfall could be as high as 12 inches. In contrast, the Northern Windward Islands are likely to experience slightly less rainfall, with expected totals ranging from 2 to 6 inches.

Antigua and Barbuda, along with the other Caribbean islands, are currently experiencing the storm and hurricane season, which typically runs from June to November. This year's season has proven to be both unpredictable and more severe than usual. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has revised its assessment of the 2023 Atlantic hurricane season, initially labeled as 'near normal,' to 'above normal.' This adjustment signifies a notable shift in expectations for the season.

Authorities strongly advise the public to take these basic measures when facing storm alerts:

  • Stay informed.
  • Stock up on non-perishable food, water, and essential supplies for at least 72 hours.
  • Assemble a hurricane kit with flashlights, batteries, a first-aid kit, and necessary medications.
  • Protect your windows with hurricane shutters or strong, storm-resistant windows.
  • Secure or stow away any items in your yard that could become projectiles in a hurricane.
  • Trim or remove weak tree branches that could damage your home.
  • Follow local regulations.
  • Be an active part of your community's preparedness efforts. Encourage neighbors to prepare and share information.

It should be noted that the last storm that Antigua and Barbuda experienced was during the first days of October. If you are interested in knowing more, we invite you to see the consequences of the Philippe Storm in Antigua.

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