By Jackie Todd, office of Media Relations and Lynn Fisher, emergency preparedness coordinator
Hurricane Season is here. The season traditionally runs from June 1 – Nov. 30. Because of a predicted strong El Niño event in the Pacific Ocean, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) forecasts a “normal” to “below normal” season for those on the East and Gulf Coasts.
“This is not to say that we won’t sustain major damage,” said Clemson researcher Robert Lund, an expert in statistical climatology. “Hurricane Andrew in 1992 would be such an example. But, factors don’t look favorable for mega-destruction.”
Lund went on to caution that forecasters are often way off on their predictions. “So the message here is to be aware and be prepared,” he said.
Even though coastal counties are at the most risk, inland counties are not immune from the impact of a hurricane.
Other things to know:
- Hurricanes can spawn tornadoes
- Hurricanes can produce copious amounts of rain as the storm tracks inland
- Hurricanes can produce destructive winds, which may topple trees and power lines
- Make a kit, stay informed, be prepared.
NOAA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the South Carolina Emergency Management division offer comprehensive online resources to help you prepare for a hurricane or other severe weather events. In addition, Clemson maintains a Web page that offers information and tips should severe weather strike.
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