With Hurricane Season approaching its annual peak activity period, we need to remain prepared for the worst if it happens. Florida has been very fortunate to not get hit with anything stronger than a tropical storm in the past few years, but that luck could run out sooner than we think.
Right now, meteorologists are monitoring what is currently known as “Invest 99L”, which is forming east of Puerto Rico. If the storm were to strengthen, it would could a tropical depression by the weekend. By Monday, it is predicted that the storm could further develop into Tropical Storm Hermine. The projected path sends the storm northwestward towards Florida, but some projections have the storm skirting the southern part of the state. Right now, we just don’t know the ultimate path, but a barrier of high pressure is keeping the storm from turning northward.
Many long time Floridians will remember the 2004 hurricane season, where four hurricanes crossed the state – one after the other. While this season may not bring forth that same pattern, we must still be prepared. Be sure to have a plan formulated now and be ready to execute it if need be. Also, if you have to evacuate, know where to go. For further storm preparedness information, please visit Ready.gov.
Both Hillsborough Area Regional Transit & the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority provide emergency bus services when evacuations are ordered. These special routes are designed to bring people who have no other place to go – to designated shelters. For further information regarding these services, please contact HART [(813)-254-4278 or by visiting gohart.org] or PSTA [(727)-540-1900 or by visiting psta.net].
Further updates will be made as information becomes available. In the meantime, please monitor local media outlets for the latest.