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Hurricane center tracking first tropical wave of 2022

Hurricane center tracking first tropical wave of 2022
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It may only have been Mother’s Day and not yet hurricane season, but the National Hurricane Center started tracking the first tropical wave of 2022.

In its Monday morning tropical update, forecasters said the first tropical wave of the season emerged off the west coast of Africa. moving west at almost 12-17 mph.

 

“Latest satellite imagery shows an extensive area of numerous moderate to isolated strong convection,” the NHC said.

“Tropical wave guidance has it moving westward over the next 24-48 hours, passing well to the south of the Cabo Verde Islands,” the morning update said.

 

Hurricane season officially starts on June 1, but in the past seven years there have been named storms in May – including Anna last year and Arthur and Bertha in 2020.

The first named storm of the 2022 season will be called Alex.

The 2022 hurricane season is expected to be a busy one, according to the meteorological team at Colorado State University. Its forecast released in April called for an above-average year with 19 named storms this season — five more than what the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration considers average, based on data collected from 1991 to 2020.

The Colorado State prediction also calls for four major hurricanes, which are defined as being at least Category 3 with maximum sustained winds greater than 110 mph. The average season has about three, according to NOAA.

Written By: Roger Simmons & Orlando Sentinel 

Be Prepared For The 2022 Florida Hurricane Season

Be Prepared For The 2022 Florida Hurricane Season

Florida State University experts discuss 2022 hurricane season

"It only takes one storm to have a devastating impact."

The time of year Floridians have come to dread is approaching: hurricane season.

A media briefing on Monday afternoon via Zoom consisted of Florida State University experts discussing the 2022 hurricane season, which will start on June 1.

“The forecasts that have been released so far all agree that an above active season is predicted,” said Allison Wing, an assistant professor in the Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Science.

Wing studies hurricanes, as well as other types of tropical systems, thunderstorms and climate. She was also named to Popular Science’s Brilliant 10 list of early career scientists conducting groundbreaking research in their fields in 2021.

WeatherTiger forecast: Since 2017, a ludicrous 101 named storms have formed. Expect more this hurricane season

 

There have been several active seasons in a row with 21 storms in 2021 and 31 storms in 2020. This year’s forecast calls for between seven and nine hurricane-level storms.

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“This could be something like last year where there were a lot of storms, or it could be really hyperactive or something less than that but still above normal,” Wing said.

 

Charles Nyce, an associate professor of risk management and Insurance and associate director of the Center for Risk Management Education and Research, focuses his research on how to pay for natural disasters once they occur.

“From an insurance perspective, I would encourage people to check their policy limits,” Nyce said. “Construction costs are still really high in the state.”

“If you bought a policy a few years ago where you're only getting a 2,000 square-foot house and you think it's going to cost $100 a square foot to fix it, that's not the case anymore. It's going to cost a lot more than that, so make sure your policy limits are high enough to cover how much damage you could potentially have.”

Nyce also provided tips about insurance premiums for homeowners.

"To alter the premiums that you as a household are paying, you actually need to harden your home," Nyce said. "The bang for your buck that you're going to see is the actual physical hardening of your home that'll make the biggest difference in your premiums."

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The FSU faculty members who contributed to the briefing are leaders in the study of hurricanes and the effects of these destructive storms. Their scholarship has led to research on infrastructure challenges, evacuation routes, sustainable tools and mental health challenges for those affected by hurricanes, according to the university.

Among the FSU experts was Eren Ozguven, an associate professor in the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering and the director of the Resilient Infrastructure and Disaster Response Center. His research focuses on the relationships among infrastructure networks in Florida, such as roadways and emergency transportation operations, and how they contribute to an area's ability to be prepared for disasters, including hurricanes.

"We need to think about our vulnerable populations, whether they are in urban and rural areas, whether they are living in coastal or inland, whether they are older and whether they are with disabilities or other vulnerabilities," Ozguyen said. "We need to have plans that can adapt to these changes, especially on the infrastructure side of things."

Marcia Mardis, a professor in the College of Communication and Information and former public librarian, was also a part of the briefing. In the wake of Hurricane Michael, Mardis received a National Science Foundation grant to collaborate with librarians and community members to establish processes to ensure that rural public libraries can serve as resiliency hubs or support centers for residents during a hurricane or other natural disaster.

Mardis is working in Calhoun County in great depth along with other collaborators, including representatives from the FSU College of Medicine and the School of Information at the College of Communication and Information. They are all doing some mapping to figure out where people go in a disaster, which will help to better plan shelters.

“Regardless of how many hurricanes we expect,” Wing said, “we always should prepare the same way because as we know, all too well, it only takes one storm to have a devastating impact.”

Written By: Tarah Jean

The Essential Guide to Hurricane Preparedness

The Essential Guide to Hurricane Preparedness

Each year hurricane season begins on June 1st and lasts 5 months, with storms typically peaking in August and September. As with every hurricane season regardless of forecast, knowing the essentials of how to prepare could truly be a life saver.

 

Hurricane Knowledge

First, know your hurricane facts and understand common terms used during hurricane forecasts. Storm conditions can vary on the intensity, size and even the angle which the tropical cyclone approaches your area, so it is vital you understand what the forecasters and news reporters are telling you.

Tropical Depressions are cyclones with winds of 38 mph. Tropical Storms vary in wind speeds from 39-73 mph while Hurricanes have winds 74 mph and greater. Typically the upper right quadrant of the storm (the center wrapping around the eye) is the most intense portion of the storm. The greatest threats are damaging winds, storm surge and flooding. This is in part why Hurricane Katrina was so catastrophic when bringing up to 28 foot storm surges onto the Louisiana and Mississippi coastlines.

Here are some important terms you may hear:

  • Tropical Storm Watch: Tropical storm conditions are possible in the area.
  • Hurricane Watch: Hurricane conditions are possible in the area.
    Watches are issued 48 hours in advance of the anticipated onset of tropical storm force winds.
  • Tropical Storm Warning: Tropical storm conditions are expected in the area.
  • Hurricane Warning: Hurricane conditions are expected in the area.
    Warnings are issued 36 hours in advance of tropical storm force winds.
  • Eye: Clear, sometimes well-defined center of the storm with calmer conditions.
  • Eye Wall: Surrounding the eye, contains some of the most severe weather of the storm with the highest wind speed and largest precipitation.
  • Rain Bands: Bands coming off the cyclone that produce severe weather conditions such as heavy rain, wind and tornadoes.
  • Storm Surge: An often underestimated and deadly result of ocean water swelling as a result of a landfalling storm, and quickly flooding coastal and sometimes areas further inland.

During a watch, prepare your home and evacuation plan in case a warning is issued. During a warning, carefully follow the directions of officials, and immediately leave the area if they advise it. In the event of an Extreme Wind Warning/Advisory, which means that extreme sustained winds of 115 mph or greater are expected to begin within an hour, immediately take shelter in the interior portion of a well-built structure.

Hurricane Forecasts

Predicting a tropical cyclone's path can be challenging; there are many global and local factors that come into play. The storm's size and path can directly influence what sort of wind patterns guide, enhance or hinder its growth, and vice versa! Forecasters have computers that take huge amounts of data and try to predict where the storm will go and usually can calculate 2-3 days out fairly accurately. This is where you hear the terms computer models and spaghetti models being used. Generally the forecast track or path is given with the average consensus of these models. The National Hurricane Center has the most up-to-date information on tropical cyclone developments, forecasts and weather alerts, discussions analyzing the data and more. http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/

 

Hurricane Names

Hurricane names are picked randomly, then rotated and recycled every 6 years. If a hurricane was catastrophic or severely deadly and costly (i.e. Charlie, Katrina, Irene) it is officially retired since use is not appropriate and can be confusing when naming current storms. To view the current list of tropical cyclone names click here: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/aboutnames.shtml

Hurricane Kits

It is important to create a kit of supplies that you could take with you if you are forced to evacuate. This kit will also be useful if you are able to stay in your home, but are still affected by the storm, such as through the loss of power. One common trend seen when hurricanes are approaching is a wide-spread panic. When this happens, people rush in large numbers to get all the supplies they think they need. However, if you prepare your kit ahead of time, you can alleviate a lot of the potential stress of a very chaotic situation. You should create your kit in a bag that you can easily take with you. Some recommended items to include are:

  • Non-perishable food (enough to last at least 3 days)
  • Water (enough to last at least 3 days)
  • First-aid kit (include any prescription medication you may need)
  • Personal hygiene items and sanitation items
  • Flashlights (have extra batteries on hand)
  • Battery operated radio (again, have extra batteries)
  • Waterproof container with cash and important documents
  • Manual can opener
  • Lighter or matches
  • Books, magazines, games for recreation
  • Special needs items: pet supplies and baby supplies if applicable
  • Cooler and ice packs
  • A plan for evacuation and for if family members are separated

Securing Your Home

Know how to secure your home in the event of damaging winds, storm surge and flooding.

  • Cover all of your windows and large openings with Atlantic Hurricane Shutters and get a free estimate here 
  • Although tape can prevent glass from shattering everywhere, be warned that tape does not prevent the window from breaking.
  • If possible, secure straps or clips to securely fasten your roof to the structure of your home.
  • Make sure all trees and shrubs are trimmed and clear rain gutters.
  • Reinforce your garage doors.
  • Bring in all outdoor furniture, garbage cans, decorations, and anything else that is not tied down.
  • If winds become strong, stay away from windows and doors and close, secure and brace internal doors.

Power Outages

In the event a storm should leave you without power, there are a few things to consider and help you be ready and stay safe outside of your normal hurricane preparedness.

  • Gas: Make sure your tank is full far in advance of an approaching storm. Most people wait until the last minute, rush to get extra gas for cars and generators, and subsequently gas stations can run out early.
  • ATMS: Have extra cash on hand in the event no ATMS in your area are accessible or working.
  • Cell Phones: Charge your cell phone and limit use after power is out.
  • A/C: This can be the most uncomfortable side effect of losing power during a storm. Try to prevent as much light from entering and warming the house by covering up your windows on the inside. If you have back-up or battery operated fans, don't run them unless you are in the room. Fans create a difference in perceived temperature but do not cool the room; instead they create a cooling effect by dispersing the heat off your skin. It is said they can actually add heat to a room just by running.
  • Water: Fill bathtub and large containers with water for washing and flushing only.
  • Food: Turn your fridge temperature down and/or freeze any food or drinking water that can be frozen if you expect a power outage. Here is a guide on freezing food: Freezing and Food Safety. Have a cooler with ice packs prepared to cool your drinks and snacks after power has been out for more than 4 hours. And importantly, check out this food safety guide for when to discard your perishable food: http://www.foodsafety.gov/keep/charts/refridg_food.html
  • Health/Safety: The CDC has a great guide on how to stay safe in the event of a power outage: Power Outages

Remember, any severe storm can be deadly and destructive. If you've survived a landfilling cyclone, you know the inconvenience and distress it can cause. One of the best tips to be prepared is knowing the cycle of a cyclone - Approach, Arrival & Aftermath. Prepare ahead of time and listen to the directions of officials for the approach. Secure your home, or find a safe shelter for its arrival, and know how to proceed safely during the aftermath.

Author: Christine Harrison