Alberto claims two lives

Mr. Val Henry,

Basseterre, St. Kitts, 29th May, 2018(MyVue  The official hurricane season is still days away, on 1st June,  but already the parade of storms for the 2018 season has started, and has already led to the death of two persons in the United States.

Now a weakened subtropical storm, Alberto made its landfall in the Panhandle of Florida leaving a trail of flooding.

But it was in North Carolina that the storm killed a news anchor and photo journalist working for the CNN affiliate, WYFF. The two were killed when a tree fell on their news vehicle.

They had just completed an interview with a fire chief in Polk County, after which he admonished them to be careful with the remnant weather conditions.

Though Alberto has now weakened to a depression, it has caused residents and disaster officials across the United States and the Caribbean to worry about what is to come once the season begins on Friday, 1st June.

Some 21 possible storms have been allocated names for 2018, including, Beryl, Ernesto, Nadine and Rafael. Memories of last year’s deadly hurricanes are still very vivid in the minds of the people of Barbuda, British Virgin Islands, St. Maarten, Anguilla, US Virgin Islands, Florida, and so many other communities, like Puerto Rico and Dominica.

Electricity, water and other utilities are still non-functional in many areas and normal life is still a struggle for hundreds of thousands.

Residents in St. Kitts and Nevis are also being encouraged to begin their preparations for the 2018 season. Last year the islands were spared any serious damage but at one point it seemed like massive destruction was possible from one of the powerful storms that went on to hit Anguilla, St. Maarten and the Virgin Islands.

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