TALLAHASSEE-- Today, September 10th, marks the annual historical peak of the Atlantic Hurricane Season and Florida emergency management officials are urging residents and visitors to prepare for further anticipated tropical developments. While no system is currently threatening the state, above average conditions for storm development can lead to rapid tropical strengthening and movement in the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico. To date, the National Hurricane Center has identified nine named tropical systems, three of which reached hurricane status.
“Though our state is not presently threatened by any tropical system, now is a good time to remind everyone that the height of hurricane season is upon us,” said David Halstead, director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management. “It is vital that all residents and visitors have a plan for what to do should a hurricane threaten their community. I encourage everyone to visit www.FloridaDisaster.org today to create or update your family and business disaster survival plan.”
Florida is the hurricane capital of the United States, with more hurricanes having made landfall than any other state. In July, Tropical Storm Bonnie made landfall in the Florida Keys and parts of South Florida. While no significant injuries or damage to infrastructure were reported as a result of this system, the storm should serve as a reminder that all Floridians should develop a disaster survival plan and maintain an emergency supply kit.
Hurricanes are one of nature’s most powerful forces. The powerful winds and heavy rains of some hurricanes have destroyed entire communities in Florida. Strong tropical storms can also cause severe damage, flooding, and injuries. Proper planning is crucial to protect individuals, families, and businesses, and special preparation should be made for friends and family members who are elderly, disabled, and have special needs.