It’s almost the end of May, which means that Hurricane Season is once again upon us.
This hurricane season is predicted to be an above-average season according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Colorado State University. Predictions this year call for at least 12 named storms, with 6 to 10 storms becoming hurricanes, and at least 3 to 6 of those hurricanes to be “major” or reach Category 3 or above status. Meteorologists at Colorado State University have noted that increased hurricane activity is likely to be contributed to warmer water temperatures and the unlikelihood of an El Nino, which often leads to less hurricane activity, forming this year.
In 2012, we saw the wrath of SuperStorm Sandy, which was a mixture of a typical northeastern US snowstorm coupled with the tropical effects of Hurricane Sandy, when the two storms collided in October. The monstrous storm caused tons of damage (including the flooding of the “newer” South Ferry subway station in New York City) and cost dozens of lives. The effects of SuperStorm Sandy has made me realize that the Tampa Bay area is long overdue for landfall of a major hurricane. And speaking of Tampa, we saw two tropical systems wreak havoc on the Bay Area; Debby and Issac. Debby was known for her torrential downpours, which in-turn caused widespread flooding throughout the Bay Area, and Issac almost caused the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa to be scuttled due to safety concerns.
With that said, I know that many of us here in Florida may have what is called “Hurricane amnesia” because the state has not seen hurricanes cris-cross the state since 2004 and 2005. It is especially because of this that it is always crucial to be prepared in case a major storm, like Katrina in 2005, heads our way.