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Atlantic hurricane season starts today

The 2016 Atlantic Hurricane season formally begins today with two named storms already on record.

And while seasonal forecasts by the American-based National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have predicted a near-average season with between ten and 16 named storms, even a single storm can have devastating consequences.

So far this year two named storms have been recorded — Hurricane Alex, which passed through the North Atlantic in January, and Tropical Storm Bonnie, which weakened to a Tropical Depression before making landfall in South Carolina this weekend.

In advance of any storm the public is urged to take precautions, making sure insurance policies are up to date and stocking up on medication, drinking water and non-perishable food.

Before any forecast impact, the public should check on elderly neighbours to ensure they are safe, secure outdoor furniture and block downpipes on Bermuda roofs to prevent salt water contamination of the water tank.

The public should listen to the Government Emergency Broadcast Station on FM100.1 MHz for updates.

Stay away from windows and sliding glass doors and it is also recommended to keep one window on the leeward side of the building a few inches open.

Once the storm has passed, the public should clear their driveways and streets — unless there are downed power lines in the area — check on any elderly neighbours and continue to listen to the radio for further updates.

Be ready: take precautions ahead of a hurricane (Photograph by NOAA/AP/File)

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Published June 01, 2016 at 9:00 am (Updated June 01, 2016 at 7:19 am)

Atlantic hurricane season starts today

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