News > Haitian facility moniters 2010 hurricane season
Eight months with after suffering its devastating earthquake, the island of Haiti is helping neighbours in the region to deal the potential disruption presented by the 2010 hurricane season. Haiti’s National Meteorological Centre website (CNM) is disseminating regular information and warnings about tropical storms, helping other countries to cope with what is expected to be a busy season. Members of the World Meteorological Organisation including the United Kingdom, Canada, Cuba, Dominican Republic, France, Japan and the United States had joined forces to re-establish and reinforce Haiti’s operational meteorological services which were destroyed by the devastating January earthquake.
Haiti is often seriously affected by the hurricane season, which runs from early June until the end of November. In 2008 the country was struck by hurricanes, Fay, Gustav, Hanna, and Ike causing heavy damage and much loss of life. In 2004 tropical storm Jeanne’s heavy rains caused massive flooding and landslides. In 1998 it was lashed by Hurricane George and in 1994 by Hurricane Gordon - that’s six major hurricanes and several major tropical storms in 14 years. It is hardly surprising, given these numbers, that the island had developed a well respected storm warning system.
It is hoped that the improved weather forecasting and early warning facilities at the rebuilt CNM will help national authorities, development agencies and the people of the region with their emergency contingency planning. It is also a sign of the Haitian people’s determination to recover from the almost total devastation wreaked on their country a mere eight months ago.