The Atlantic Hurricane Season started on June 1, and the latest forecast warns the region to expect an “approximately average” season, according to the Department of Disaster Management.

The forecast, which was released last Tuesday by the Colorado State University Tropical Meteorology Project, is slightly upgraded from an earlier prediction released in April.

The report anticipates a “near average probability” of a storm making landfall in the Caribbean, and predicts the region will see 13 named storms, five of which will have the potential to develop into major storms of Category Three or stronger.

DDM Director Sharleen DaBreo said the updated forecast should serve as a reminder to all residents to finalise their seasonal preparations and remain ready throughout the next six months.

“We all know that life gets more hectic when we are watching a storm approach,” Ms. DaBreo said. “We strongly encourage everyone to check on their emergency kits and review other preparedness measures early so that they can identify any additional items or repairs that may be needed now.”

The DDM will share tips throughout this month to help families and businesses. They can be accessed on the department’s website,, or via the department’s Facebook and Instagram accounts.