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Tuesday, Apr 13, 2021

BVI spared wrath of the most active hurricane season

BVI spared wrath of the most active hurricane season

The BVI has escaped the devastation of the 2020 Atlantic Hurricane season which officially ended yesterday, November 30.
The Atlantic Hurricane season runs from July 1 to November 30 yearly.

Weather experts said the 2020 season has been the most active on record, with 30 named storms; 13 of which were hurricanes.

By September, the hurricane season was so active that it exhausted the regular list of storm names. This forced The World Meteorological Organisation to resort to using Greek letters, which they’ve only done once before in 2005.

The strongest hurricane was Hurricane Iota, which struck Central America and devastated areas that were already recovering from Hurricane Eta just two weeks earlier. It left thousands displaced in Central America.

But the BVI, which continues to struggle with the COVID-19 pandemic, did not experience any major hurricanes this year.

Speaking at the official opening of the Terrance B Lettsome airport yesterday, Governor Augustus Jaspert declared the day “a good day” since it marked the end of a busy hurricane season that did not bring any devastation to the territory.

The last hurricane to actually hit the BVI was hurricane Dorian which made landfall on August 28, 2019.

Prior to that, the BVI was hit by Hurricanes Irma and Maria which wrecked the territory and to this day, continue to influence the political and economic landscape of the BVI.

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