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Thursday, June 3, 2010

Hurricane season begins on June 1

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Tuesday, June 1 marked the start of the 2010 Atlantic hurricane season. It will continue until the end of November to help the people be prepared for hurricanes.  According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, officials spent a day on Tuesday urging the citizens to prepare for hurricanes as well as other disasters.

According to, FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate discussed the importance for all to be prepared.  "June 1 should serve as an important reminder about the need for individuals to be prepared for any emergency," said Administrator Fugate. "This may be the start of the hurricane season, but emergencies can happen anytime, anywhere, and everyone needs to be prepared - not just those folks in hurricane prone states."

 As for the hurricane season this year, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is predicting the year 2010 to be a very active hurricane season.  The following information is found on NOAA's 2010 Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook .  

The conditions expected this year have historically produced some very active Atlantic hurricane seasons. The 2010 hurricane season could see activity comparable to a number of extremely active seasons since 1995. If the 2010 activity reaches the upper end of our predicted ranges, it will be one of the most active seasons on record.

We estimate a 70% probability for each of the following ranges of activity this season:

  • 14-23 Named Storms,
  • 8-14 Hurricanes
  • 3-7 Major Hurricanes
  • An ACE range of 155%-270% of the median.

The seasonal activity is expected to fall within these ranges in 7 out of 10 seasons with similar climate conditions and uncertainties to those expected this year. They do not represent the total possible ranges of activity seen in past similar years.
 Whether you live in a hurricane prone area or not, it is important to keep emergency preparedness in mind to protect yourself and your loved ones from the unexpected.  For more hurricane information, you can check out the NOAA website.  For 72 hour kits and emergency preparedness items check out our helpful resources at

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