This year hurricane season has been one for records with numbers being higher since 1981 – 2020 averages. Before the season started meteorologists and researchers began calling this year an average above season with the forecast winter and spring 2020, they predicted around 12-15 named storms and four major hurricanes. After being in the hurricane season NOAA released an update on the Atlantic hurricane season on August 6th, 2020. The updated information outlook 25 named storms and six major hurricanes. This made records by doubling since 1981 – 2010 averages.
October 13th 2020, it has been recorded that there have been 26 tropical depressions and these tropical depressions become tropical storms. There were some record hurricanes this season to name some; Delta, Laura, and Sally, one of the eight hurricanes.
Hurricane Delta being a category 4 hurricane but, when making landfall in Yucatan it became a category 2. Delta leaving 266,000 people were left without power and heavy damages were made by Delta.
Hurricane Sally started as tropical depression 19 and developed into a tropical storm off the coast of southeastern Florida. By the time Sally made landfall it was category 2 near the Gulf Shores like Alabama, Florida, and Mississippi. At least 550,000 people lost power. Most of the worst damage was in the Florida Panhandle which divides Florida and Alabama.
Hurricane Laura was tropical depression 13 became a tropical storm. Laura hit landfall San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic. Laura even affected DR neighbor Haiti who shares the island. Laura moved to be a category 1 storm then increased into category 2with the winds of 75 mph. Laura did increase to category 4.
These hurricanes will be for the records books making them be remembered for the next few years. Students and their families should be aware and prepared for the hurricane season which is between the months of June through November for the Atlantic. Also, make sure you have a hurricane kit handy with the correct supplies inside.
According to the Ready.gov “Build A Kit” has a list of important supplies that are needed.
Food (At least three days’ supply)
Battery- powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone-alert
First Aid Kit
Dusk Mask (to help filter contaminated air)
Plastic sheeting and duct tape
Moist towelettes, garbage bags, and plastic ties (for personal sanitation)
Wrench or pliers (to turn off utilities)
Manual can opener (for food)
Cell Phones with charges and a backup battery
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