Hurricane Preparedness Week, U.S. forecasters to predict slow hurricane season
As reported by AP in New Orleans Advocate: Federal forecasters are expected to predict a slower than usual hurricane season this year. In New Orleans, the city was exceptionally ready for Issac. I stocked up, bought a 5500 watt generator and hunkered down. As for evacuating before the next big one, we’ll have to see. ~Bruce Biles
History teaches that a lack of hurricane awareness and preparation are common threads among all major hurricane disasters. By knowing your vulnerability and what actions you should take, you can reduce the effects of a hurricane disaster.
Hurricane hazards come in many forms, including storm surge, heavy rainfall, inland flooding, high winds, tornadoes, and rip currents. The National Weather Service is responsible for protecting life and property through issuance of timely watches and warnings, but it is essential that your family be ready before a storm approaches. Furthermore, mariners should be aware of special safety precautions when confronted with a hurricane.
Download the Tropical Cyclone Preparedness Guide (PDF) or follow the links for more information. But remember, this is only a guide. The first and most important thing anyone should do when facing a hurricane threat is to use common sense. ~Read more.
NOAA predicts moderate flood potential in Midwest, elevated risk of ice jams; California and Southwest stuck with drought