A quiet ending?
Regardless of the calm, don’t be caught unprepared late in hurricane season
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.