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Jamaica could face stronger hurricanes for this and subsequent seasons, says expert

Jamaica could face hurricanes which are stronger and more frequent than what the country has historically been used to experiencing.

That's according to Professor Tannecia Stephenson, Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Science and Technology at the University of the West Indies, Mona and Co-Director of the Climate Study Group, Mona. 

Professor Stephenson explains that due the impact of global warming, such as increased temperatures and more green house gasses being released, hurricanes developing over the Atlantic will have greater wind speeds and increased rainfall.

She explains that this new behaviour is part of the evolution of these types of weather systems.

Stephenson says while these hurricanes might exceed the power of the various categories under which hurricanes fall, no new category may necessarily be defined to fit the new characteristics.

She was speaking on Radio Jamaica's That's A Rap earlier today.