Cleanup begins ahead of hurricane season

Drains being cleaned in Gray's Farm

Drains around the island are being cleared of garbage and debris in the aftermath of heavy rains which led to flooding and ahead of the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season.

Several roads were rendered impassable just over a week ago when more than four inches of rain drenched Antigua & Barbuda.

Laborer’s were seen in several communities this week clearing the drains which authorities say are to blame for the extent of flooding when it rains.

Ten days away from the start of the Atlantic Hurricane Season, Cabinet was told this week while many preparations have been put in place by the National Office of Disaster Services (NODS), all households, businesses, schools, churches and other places of shelter are reminded to ensure that they are hurricane-ready.

Since Gonzalo, a freak storm, struck, three years ago in October 2014, Antigua and Barbuda has been spared from the terrible ravages of storms and hurricanes.

A program of awareness will commence in a few weeks, the government says.

The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season is forecast to be less active than a year ago with the number of named storms and hurricanes near historical averages, according to an outlook released Monday by The Weather Company, an IBM business.

A total of 12 named storms, six hurricanes and two major hurricanes are expected this season. A major hurricane is one that is Category 3 or stronger on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.

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