Published: Mon, June 04, 2018
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

Hurricane season begins, people urged to prepare | Don't Miss This

Hurricane season begins, people urged to prepare | Don't Miss This

The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30, though storms sometimes form outside those dates.

Each year, the forecasters from Colorado State University give out their predictions for hurricane seasons.

Last season, the Atlantic saw 17 named storms, with 10 turning into hurricanes, breeding six major category storms, of course including Irma.

"We also predicted six landfalls, and there were six", said David Dilley, who owns and operates GWO, which uses weather cycles and computers to predict hurricane activity up to four years into the future.

Thousands are still recovering from last year's devastating season and bracing for what's predicted to be another above average year.

A government agency reports that most Florida nursing homes and assisted-living facilities do not have backup power despite new requirements enacted after a dozen people died in a sweltering center following Hurricane Irma.

It might seem early to talk about hurricanes, especially in Canada, but June 1 marks the official start of the Atlantic hurricane season.

The prediction is in line with a forecast produced by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which was announced in May at the NOAA Hurricane Hunter's headquarters in Lakeland.

"We have decreased our forecast and now believe that 2018 will have approximately average activity", the team said.

"We went 10 years without a hurricane and last year we were hit pretty hard", said James Miller, spokesman for the Florida Retail Federation, a Tallahassee-based organization that tracks consumer spending and trends. The main concerns issues include heavy rain over areas in Florida and southeastern US, flooding, gusty winds and possibly tornadoes from northern Florida into central and southern Georgia, southern SC, southeastern Alabama. The report sorts homes into five different risk categories: Low (homes affected only by a Category 5 storm), Moderate (homes affected by Category 4 and 5 storms), High (homes affected by Category 3, 4, and 5 storms), Very High (homes affected by Category 2, 3, 4, and 5 storms) and Extreme (homes affected by Category 1-5 storms).

Brown says his offices are working with Lee County and others to keep them in connection on the latest developments of potential tropical storms and hurricanes. Exposed to the elements, they have been devastated by hurricane Irma in September 2017.

Mayfield said they are boosting their preparedness for staffing of first responders, making sure they and their families are safe and can get where they need to if a disaster occurs.

Kelly said that the two items people most often forget to bring are medicine and cash.

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