The hurricane season lasts from June to November. Jamaica, along with several other Caribbean islands and mainland territories, falls into what is commonly understood to be the Atlantic hurricane belt, meaning that these countries often experience the effects of storm systems during the hurricane season.
How well do you understand hurricanes? Here’s a chance to show off your hurricane knowledge or to quiz your friends on theirs with these 10 trivia questions and answers about hurricanes in Jamaica.
- Hurricane Dean ravaged sections of the island, leaving so much destruction in its wake that the government had to declare a two-day state of emergency.
- Even though it didn’t make contact, Hurricane Ivan (2004) was the costliest storm in Jamaica’s history, doing extensive damage to the nation’s infrastructure.
- On Monday, September 12, 1988, Jamaicans experienced what is perhaps the most notorious hurricane in its history: Hurricane Gilbert. Damage was estimated at $4 billion, with the damage to agriculture accounting for more than 40 per cent of this total. Forty-five persons reportedly died across the island and more than 800,000 persons sought shelter.
- The first recorded hurricane in Jamaica’s history is Hurricane Jig, in 1950. It caused heavy rains and extensive crop damage.
- There were 12 recorded hurricanes and tropical storms on the island, from 1950, before the dreaded Hurricane Gilbert of 1988.
- Technically, Jamaica has had two hurricanes with the same pronunciation for their names: Hurricane Charlie in 1951 and Hurricane Charley in 2004. The 2004 storm caused one death and JMD$7 million in damages to roads, while the 1951 storm wreaked havoc, causing 154 deaths, 2,000 injuries; leaving over 9,000 left homeless, and destroying 80% of Morant Bay.
- Hurricane Cleo, of 1964, caused no major damage to Jamaica. Likewise Hurricane Beulah of 1967.