Don’t let the calm hurricane season keep you from preparing

Published 12:13 pm Saturday, May 31, 2014

There’s some good news with regards to hurricane season this year, in that few storms are projected to form in the Atlantic. You shouldn’t let that put your guard down, however, as a single storm landing in the right spot can have a huge impact.

Last week, the prediction center for National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued a report claiming that the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season will be average or below average, thanks to an expected El Nino phenomenon. Eight to 13 tropical storms could originate in the Atlantic Ocean, and three to six of those could rise to hurricane strength of 74 miles per hour or higher.

Forecasters emphasized that the seasonal forecasts, predicting weather patterns from June 1 to Nov. 30, isn’t an exact science. Last year shows that, as the predictions beforehand were for one of the more active seasons, but it ended up being the calmest on record since 1982.

None of us can control the weather, but each person can be prepared. While you’re shopping for steaks, sodas and sun block, pick up bottled water, flashlights and plenty of batteries.

Before taking any vacations, ensure your car is in shape should an evacuation be required.

When you’re told to leave your home and take shelter, don’t take the chance you can ride it out.

In case you forget this, be assured we’ll likely remind you later. Meanwhile, NOAA offers other tips online that can be found at