George Town, Mar 16. -About 17 cyclones will be formed in the Atlantic this year and five of them will be of great intensity, predicted experts gathered here at the Fourth Regional Hurricane Committee.
According to meteorologists from 26 countries in America, it is estimated that of the natural phenomena expected, eight will achieve the status of tropical storms and four will be of moderate strength.
Experts called for joint efforts to improve early warning systems in the Caribbean, the region of the continent hardest hit by these events each year.
The researchers gathered in the capital of the Cayman Islands also agreed names for hurricanes in the Atlantic during the season from July 1 to November 30.
The approved names in alphabetical order in English, Spanish and French are Arlene, Bret, Cindy, Don, Emily, Franklin, Gert, Harvey, Irene, Jose, Katia, Lee, Maria, Nate, Ophelia, Philippe, Rina, Sean, Tammy, Vince and Whitney.
The names used are the same as those of the 2005 season, except Dennis, Katrina, Rita, Stan, and Wilma, deleted from the list after the devastating effects that these hurricanes caused in the U.S.A. and Central America. (Prensa Latina)