Georgia Voices: Hurricane season is here, so be prepared
by The Savannah Morning News
September 02, 2014 10:05 PM | 755 views | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
2014 was forecast as a below-average hurricane year, and it has been — so far.

The only major weather events affecting our area have been hurricanes Arthur and Bertha.

They were of interest locally mostly to motorists in low-lying areas, folks with leaky roofs and surfers.

But this is no time for Coastal Empire residents to slip into complacency. The peak of the meteorological mayhem season is at hand.

Since 1900, the United States has been slammed by 74 hurricanes during September, more than in any other month.

The worst recent ones were Katrina, which killed more than 1,800 people — most of them in Louisiana — in 2005, and Jeanne, which claimed 3,000-plus lives in 2004.

Most of Jeanne’s fatalities were in Haiti, but some died in Puerto Rico and Florida.

Although the last two years have seen relatively tame Septembers, 2011 was a different story. That year, Tropical Storm Lee and Hurricane Nate roared into the central Gulf Coast and central Mexico, inflicting 18 and five deaths, respectively.

After September, catastrophic weather usually tapers off, but October can still be dangerous. Consider Superstorm Sandy, which killed 159 people in 2012.

South Florida is especially vulnerable in October, even more so than in September.

And that area isn’t really so far away. So Mother Nature doesn’t need to be very far off the mark to bring big trouble to River City — which is to say the Coastal Empire.

So now’s the time for those of us who haven’t taken the threat seriously to play catch-up.

Bottom line: Even during a year in which only one or two monster storms are expected, you’ll still be in harm’s way if one of them heads toward you.

But, starting today, you can take action to improve your odds. Being prepared can bring you and your family peace of mind.

And it might just save your lives.

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