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Jun 26

Hurricane Season Is Here!

Posted on June 26, 2017 at 8:16 AM by Communications Department

Are you prepared?

As we start our fourth full week into hurricane season (June 1 through November 30) three tropical depressions have already formed in the Atlantic.Hurricane Season Outlook_SC According to NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center the Atlantic could see another active hurricane season this year. Forecasters predict a 45 percent chance of an above-normal season, a 35 percent chance of a near-normal season with up to 17 named storms and 2 – 4 major hurricanes of Categories 3, 4 or 5.

Yes, we hear predictions every year and rarely does anything happen. So, why should you bother to prepare and make plans? That is easy…. It only takes one storm to devastate an area. In October of last year, Hurricane Matthew was predicted to turn away from this area. Instead, while the National Weather Service in Wakefield gave official forecasts calling for only 2 to 4 inches of rain, parts of the region ended up with more than 12 inches of rain, experiencing substantial winds. This combination of events caused downed trees, flooding and extensive property damage.

It is easier to be prepared and not needHurricane Names_SC to be than be caught unaware of incoming weather. So, have you started your preparations yet? It is as easy as getting a kit with essential items to last each person in your home at least three days; making a plan so everyone knows where to go and what to do; and keeping informed. Each disaster is different and it is essential to Know Your Zone so that, depending on the emergency risk, instructions for being safe might mean staying at home, a short trip to higher ground, or traveling to a different region of the state.