Canadians urged to get prepared amid looming hurricane season

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The Canadian Hurricane Centre warned of the active hurricane season, urging the Canadians to get prepared, emphasizing that emergencies can happy at any time without warning.

The Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) issued a statement today, stating that “This morning, the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season outlook, which predicts hurricane activity in the North Atlantic Ocean this year will be above normal.”

The statement further added that NOAA predicts 13 to 20 named storms, 6 to 10 hurricanes, and 3 to 5 major hurricanes.

According to ECCC, the season officially runs from June 1 to November 30, when the waters of the Atlantic Ocean are warm enough to support tropical cyclones.

“Typically, hurricanes are of greater concern in Canadian waters later in the season; however, the Canadian Hurricane Centre monitors the Atlantic Ocean year‑round for any tropical or tropical‑like cyclones that could pose a threat to Canada or its waters,” the statement added.

ECCC emphasized “The Canadian Hurricane Centre encourages Canadians to be weather aware this hurricane season by following the Centre’s hurricane bulletins online or through local media, and to prepare early by assembling emergency kits and readying their homes and properties.”

On average, the Canadian Hurricane Centre responds to three or four tropical cyclone events each year, with one or two of those affecting Canadian soil, and another two or three threatening offshore waters, regardless of the number of storms forecast for the entire Atlantic basin.

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