Hurricane Dorrian has devastated our Caribbean Island neighbor, The Bahamas, and while Jamaica and our Montego Bay car rental company has been relatively unaffected by the storm, we want to spend today’s blog post discussing what hurricane season means for our island, our visitors, and others living in the Caribbean. Continue reading to learn more, and if you’re interested in car rental for your next visit to Jamaica and Montego Bay, contact MoBay airport pickup.
Hurricane Dorrian struck the Bahamas on September first, and nearly all of the residents of Grand Bahama and Abaco are displaced and in need of shelter. The storm devastated everything, and the death count is still rising. Dorrian is one of the strongest Atlantic hurricanes on record, and when it hit the Abaco Islands, it was a Category 5 storm with 185 mph winds, tied for the strongest hurricane landfall on record.
Like our island of Jamaica, the tourist industry thrives in the Bahamas. That industry, including car rental and airport pickup businesses like our own, has also taken a hit. It will take years for the island to rebuild.
Jamaican Hurricane Season
Like every island in the Carribean, Jamaica and Montego Bay are affected by hurricanes. Visitors to our island, and those looking to book with our car rental company, should note that the Atlantic hurricane season runs from the beginning of June through the end of November, with the peak period being early August through October.
Know, too, that hurricanes pass near Jamaica and Montego Bay around every four years and statistically, the chances of storm hitting Jamaica during your visit are very slim. For residents, of course, the risk is much higher.
How To Plan and Prepare
Here at Timeless MoBay Car Rental in Montego Bay, we work to prepare for a hurricane both at our place of work and at home. We’d like to share a few things you’ll need to do to prepare:
- Before – Check that you have emergency items, like drinking water, flashlights, a hurricane lamp, and food that doesn’t need cooking or refrigeration.
- During – Take shelter, do not go outside, be prepared for material falling from the ceiling, and listen to the radio for news updates.
- After – Seek medical attention, boil all drinking water, and report broken sewer lines.
Timeless MoBay Car Rental
While preparing for hurricanes and other storms is part of our life here in Jamaica, we also know that island living is full of sunny days on white-sand beaches. We believe our island is an oasis, and we love sharing our home with people like you who come to visit. That’s part of why we started our car rental company, and why we’re committed to going above and beyond for our customers. The moment you clear customs in Montego Bay, our employees will greet you with a big, welcoming smile! We offer free airport pickup, and we work to get you into a car and onto the beach as quickly as possible. Choose your car today!