NOAA forecasters: More storms than predicted

Published 1:32 am Thursday, August 10, 2017

NOAA forecasters this week upped their prediction on the number of named storms for the current Atlantic hurricane season.

NOAA had previously forecast an above-normal season for hurricanes in the upcoming months. It now has the potential to become the most active season since 2010.

Forecasters said the prediction for this season has jumped from 11-17 in May, to now 14-19 named storms, including two to five major hurricanes.

“We’re now entering the peak of the season when the bulk of the storms usually form,” said Gerry Bell, the lead seasonal hurricane forecaster at NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center.

On top of that, this season has already seen six named storms, which is twice the number that would normally have formed by early August.

There have been two hurricanes that have touched down on the coast coming out of the Atlantic Ocean, the most prevalent to Alabama being Hurricane Cindy, which touched down June 22 at the Louisiana-Texas border, causing flooding and tornadoes.

NOAA has urged coastal residents to get an action plan in place in case of emergency.

FEMA Administrator Brock Long said, “As we enter the height of hurricane season, it’s important for everyone to know who issues evacuation orders in their community, heed the warning update their insurance and have a preparedness plan.”

Here are some tips to help get prepared: get a kit, make a plan, and be informed.

Whether one purchases a kit or chooses to build one’s own, it should include:

  • A three-day supply of water (one gallon per person, per day);
  • A three-day supply of non-perishable food;
  • One change of clothing and shoes per person;
  • One sleeping blanket or sleeping bag per person;
  • First-aid kit;
  • Battery-powered weather radio and a portable radio;
  • Emergency tools;
  • Flashlight, extra batteries;
  • Extra set of car keys;
  • Credit card and cash;
  • Special items for infant, elderly or disabled family members; and
  • Prescription and non-prescription medicines.