By Jim Stefkovich, Meteorologist, Alabama Emergency Management Agency
CLANTON –Wednesday, 8 am May 4, 2022
May 1-7 is Hurricane Awareness Week. The following link will help you determine your personal hurricane risk, find out if you live in a hurricane evacuation zone, and review/update insurance policies.
National Hurricane Preparedness | National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (noaa.gov)
Don’t forget, hurricanes and tropical storms are not “just” a coastal issue. High winds, flooding rains and tornadoes can and do occur across the entire state with tropical systems.
Although the official NOAA/NWS hurricane forecast is a couple of weeks away, all indications are it will be another active season. As shown in the graphic below, the Gulf of Mexico is the favored area for tropical activity from late May into June because the water is much warmer than the Atlantic Ocean.
In addition, these systems can develop both quickly and near the coast, leaving little time for preparation or evacuation. That’s why it’s important to be proactive now and be prepared.