The first day of June signals the start of Florida's hurricane season (June 1-November 30). NOAA Climate Forecasters predict an above-average Atlantic hurricane season for 2013. For the six-month hurricane season, which begins June 1, NOAA’s Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook says there is a 70 percent likelihood of 13 to 20 named storms (winds of 39 mph or higher), of which 7 to 11 could become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher), including 3 to 6 major hurricanes (Category 3, 4 or 5; winds of 111 mph or higher).
These ranges are well above the seasonal average of 12 named storms, 6 hurricanes and 3 major hurricanes.
“With the devastation of Sandy fresh in our minds, and another active season predicted, everyone at NOAA is committed to providing life-saving forecasts in the face of these storms and ensuring that Americans are prepared and ready ahead of time.” says Kathryn Sullvan, Ph.D., NOAA acting administrator. “As we saw first-hand with Sandy, it’s important to remember that tropical storm and hurricane impacts are not limited to the coastline. Strong winds, torrential rain, flooding, and tornadoes often threaten inland areas far from where the storm first makes landfall.”
Three climate factors that strongly control Atlantic hurricane activity are expected to come together to produce an active or extremely active 2013 hurricane season. These are:
“This year, oceanic and atmospheric conditions in the Atlantic basin are expected to produce more and stronger hurricanes,” said Gerry Bell, Ph.D., lead seasonal hurricane forecaster with NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center. “These conditions include weaker wind shear, warmer Atlantic waters and conducive winds patterns coming from Africa."
Have you finished your emergency preparations, such as completing your family communication plan, gathering the items for your disaster supply kit, stocking food and water or strengthening your home from storms?
If you have done so, great job! If you haven't, now is the time to begin. The State of Florida has prepared a comprehensive website with tools to help walk you through what is needed to prepare you and your family in the event of a disaster--http://floridadisaster.org/
Local information regarding shelters, transportation, special needs programs and other vital emergency information can be obtained from the offices of Brevard County Emergency Management http://embrevard.com/ and City of Titusville Emergency Management www.titusville.com
Don't delay. Start today to protect your family and your home from disasters.
For further emergency management information, contact the City of Titusville, 321-383-5708.