A quiet end­ing?

Re­gard­less of the calm, don’t be caught un­pre­pared late in hur­ri­cane sea­son

Palm Beach Daily News - - OPINION -

Mon­day marks the start of Oc­to­ber, and so far, South Florida has avoided ma­jor trop­i­cal ac­tiv­ity. Is it time to get com­pla­cent? No. Peak hur­ri­cane sea­son runs through mid-Oc­to­ber, and Hur­ri­cane Matthew hit two years ago in early Oc­to­ber.

This sea­son still is above nor­mal for this time of year for named storms with 12, com­pared with the cli­ma­to­log­i­cal norm of 8.7, ac­cord­ing to Colorado State Univer­sity’s Trop­i­cal Me­te­o­rol­ogy Project.

CSU is fore­cast­ing above-nor­mal lev­els of ac­tiv­ity now through Oct. 10. The At­lantic out­look got qui­eter Fri­day af­ter Trop­i­cal Storm Kirk dis­si­pated. How­ever, an­other storm, Les­lie, could be­come a hur­ri­cane by Wed­nes­day, ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional Hur­ri­cane Cen­ter.

“The com­ing weeks into mid-Oc­to­ber of­ten bring sev­eral ad­di­tional trop­i­cal storms and hur­ri­canes,” Ac­cuWeather se­nior me­te­o­rol­o­gist Alex Sos­nowski wrote in his fore­cast Sept. 21. “This year may not be any ex­cep­tion.”

Don’t wait to see if more storms start brew­ing. Make sure you have hur­ri­cane sup­plies — wa­ter, non­per­ish­able food, flash­lights, bat­ter­ies, gen­er­a­tors, etc. — and plans for you and your pets in the event of a manda­tory evac­u­a­tion.

Com­ing into this sea­son, town of­fi­cials stressed the im­por­tance of fol­low­ing evac­u­a­tion or­ders. Also, the town has a new pass pro­gram for re-en­try af­ter storms. Ap­pli­ca­tions for the passes can be found at townof­palm­beach.com.

We all hope for a quiet con­clu­sion to the hur­ri­cane sea­son, but let’s be pre­pared if it’s not.

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