June 1st opens the Hurricane Season annually. Hurricane Agatha the 1 storm of the season was a powerful Category 2 deadly and damaging cyclone that hit Mexico last week. According to the National Hurricane Center (NHC) this weekend a major tropical storm Alex is expected to bring significant rainfall to Southern Florida (see the cone image for timeline of the storm). Expect torrential rainfall between 8-12 inches, coastal flooding, wind speed up to 50 mph, and a storm surge of two feet. The NHC is predicting an overactive season this year, a trend that started in 2005 when Hurricane Katrina hit. Forecasters say if you live on the Florida coast stay home until the worst of the storm passes over the region. NHC’s expects the system to move up back out to sea by Monday.
Next week’s Blog will give you suggestions on how to create a disaster plan that will keep you, your family, and friends safe when a hurricane is predicted in your area.