Around 13 named storms, including six hurricanes, are likely to form this year during the Atlantic Hurricane Season, according to recent predictions by meteorologist Dr. Philip Klotzbach of the Tropical Meteorology Project at Colorado State University.

The numbers are slightly below average, but Dr. Klotzbach also warned that “there is considerable uncertainty” with his forecast.

“Sea surface temperatures in the eastern and central Atlantic are much warmer than normal, so if a robust El Niño does not develop, the potential still exists for a busy Atlantic hurricane season,” Dr. Klotzbach said this month during the Tropical Weather Conference in San Antonio, Texas.

DDM warning

Regardless of the predictions, the Department of Disaster Management is urging all residents to carry out preparation measures to protect people, homes and businesses.

As the June 1 start of the season approaches, DDM is also asking everyone to monitor local weather reports, which are shared daily via the agency’s app, website and social media channels. Updates are provided more frequently when a weather system poses a potential threat, according to DDM.

Recommended preparedness measures include creating or updating an emergency plan; inspecting structures for leaks; ensuring shutters and drainage paths are in good condition; stocking an emergency supply kit with food, water and medications; and reviewing insurance policies, DDM advised.

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