Step One: Know Your Risk

May 13, 2016
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The 30th annual Governor’s Hurricane Conference came to a close Friday, and a week long effort begins Sunday to remind us all of the hazards these powerful storms bring. After all, it has been ten years since our state endured a direct hit. 

Florida has benefited from a decade-long hurricane drought, but as the 2016 storm season approaches, officials are worried about a false sense of security.

Early Forecasts Call for Average Hurricane Season

Apr 15, 2016
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Dr. Phil Klotzbach and his team at Colorado State believe it will be a near average season. Specifically, 12 named storms, five hurricanes, and two that will become major hurricanes. However, he says a lot will change in the next few months.

One of the big variables Dr. Klotzbach will be watching is how quickly the recent strong El Nino dissipates. NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center now says a La Nina, cooler than normal Pacific waters, will develop sometime this Fall. This is important because a La Nina can lead to an active hurricane season in the Atlantic, IF it develops soon enough.

NOAA: Hurricane Hunter Planes To Stay In Florida

Apr 7, 2016

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says it plans to find a home for its famed Hurricane Hunter aircraft that is within 50 miles of MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa.

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Tropical Storm Erika has local emergency operation centers getting ready.

Rob Farmer stood in front of a multi-paneled screen at the Lee County Emergency Operations Center in Fort Myers. One of the screens showed the outline and projected path of Tropical Storm Erika.

Farmer is the county’s Director of Public Safety and Emergency Management. The storm has the center in what Farmer called a “monitoring phase.”