As hurricane season begins, officials predict normal activity

As hurricane season begins, officials predict normal activity”

June 1st marks the beginning of the official 2016 hurricane season.

So far the NHC has tracked two storms, Alex and Bonnie. Storms forming before hurricane season officially begins is not uncommon; in fact, just past year, Tropical Storm Ana formed on May 9 to kick off the 2015 season.

Most of North and SC were spared, but Bonnie did drop more than six inches of rain to areas near the coast of SC.

"Before we even decide if we need to get out of town, we need to know what our risks are, and the critical risk for hurricanes is surge", Peacock says. Many new residents that have never experienced a major storm have moved to coastal communities during the current "hurricane drought".

"It is critical that Texans have an established hurricane plan and emergency kit in place before a hurricane or tropical storm ever forms or enters the Gulf of Mexico", said DPS Director Steven McCraw.

Of that number, four to eight storms could reach hurricane strength with winds reaching 74 miles per hour and as many as four could reach major hurricane status with winds in excess of 111 miles per hour. Since then, the Atlantic basin has been quiet.

The upcoming hurricane season will be stronger than past year.

In advance of any storm the public is urged to take precautions, making sure insurance policies are up to date and stocking up on medication, drinking water and non-perishable food.

Florida, one of the most hurricane-prone states, had its last major hurricane make landfall 10 years ago. The agency also noted that there is "an 80% chance that this will be the most active Atlantic hurricane season since 2012".

If this shift in the climate continues into the future it could usher in a low-activity era for Atlantic hurricanes. "You're preparing that volunteer base and all of that training for ultimately what they can do back here at home", said Brent.

With the start of the season CEMA has entered into Operating Condition 5, which represents the normal day-to-day operation level during hurricane season when there is no direct threat posed by a tropical cyclone. This can easily provide fuel for tropical cyclones during the summer months into early fall.

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