Hurricane

Local, state and federal officials are continuing to urge all of the state’s residents to prepare for powerful Hurricane Irma, which is set to begin affecting South Florida by the weekend. Government authorities are gearing up, too.

In briefings on Wednesday, Florida Governor Rick Scott called Irma a massive, possibly devastating storm, with extreme winds and a projected storm surge that could go for miles. He compared it to Hurricane Andrew, which was a Category 5 storm when it struck Florida in 1992.

"The storm is bigger, faster, and stronger than Hurricane Andrew."

John Dosh: "Right now the present official forecast doesn't show much impact for us up to the end of the forecast period, which is typically five days, and looking at the information the hurricane center is putting out in long term modeling, it is looking like it should continue the trend of moving up through the peninsula of Florida and providing very little impact for the panhandle other than some gusty, notherly winds. So basically, at this point, we are just monitoring and trying to prepare for any Floridians who are fleeing from the peninsula who we might be able to help."

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At the midway point of the 2016 hurricane season in the Atlantic and Caribbean, forecasters are adjusting the numbers on the odds of an active season. They now expect the strongest season since 2012. 

Gerry Bell, lead forecaster for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NOAA, says the outlook now calls for 12 to 17 named storms, 5 to 8 expected to develop into hurricanes and of those, 2 to 4 Category-3 or stronger.

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  As Hurricane Joaquin churns in the Atlantic, plans were put into place in northwest Florida to help, but there are changes in those plans.

Joaquin had appeared ready to move towards the East Coast, but the latest from the National Hurricane Center has the Category-4 storm and its 130 mph sustained winds jogging more to the northeast and further out into the Atlantic.

Photo via Flickr//Jenni S

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.

The need for blood never stops, even when a hurricane or tropical storm barrels through town.  That’s why OneBlood, the local blood center, is urging all donors to include blood donation as part of their hurricane preparations.

Hurricane Season 2013 Ends With Little Action

Dec 3, 2013
National Hurricane Center

The 2013 Atlantic hurricane season ended Saturday, going out for the Gulf Coast in the same manner as much of its six-month run – rather quietly.

Overall, there were 13 named storms, one more than average for the season. Andrea was the first and only one to make landfall in the U.S. Her tornadoes, heavy rain and flooding in parts of the South caused millions in damage and claimed one life.

The season’s two hurricanes -- Ingrid and Humberto – were the fewest since 1982 and well below the average of six. Neither became major hurricanes of Category-3 or higher.