The 2014 Atlantic hurricane season is officially in the books, ending up with below average activity. But officials are reminding coastal residents not to let down their guard.
After numerous predictions had already been made, including from William Gray and his team at Colorado State University, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration weighed in. It predicted 8-13 named storms; 3-6 hurricanes and of those, 1-2 major storms.
When a hurricane is spinning around in the Gulf, one of the biggest decisions is when to order an evacuation. It's an order that's not given lightly, and it's one that requires a lot of preparation. Two weeks ago, the state of Alabama had a dry run. Tony Harris, a spokesman for the Alabama Department of Transportation, says the state holds the rehearsal every year, where they practice making Interstate 65 a one-way highway going north.
A hurricane season information session turned into a campaign appearance Monday morning as Governor Rick Scott and other officials addressed the media at the Escambia County Emergency Management Center.
The governor appeared with members of the state emergency management team and the national guard to talk about hurricane preparedness. Nothing new was said, just reinforcement of the basic message from the Governor: have three days worth of food and water, make a plan, and have an emergency kit available.
The threat of thunderstorms kept the early morning crowds light but over a dozen service organizations and agencies set up at Community Maritime Park Saturday morning for the first annual Hurricane-Disaster Preparedness Day.