Treasure Coast Essay
7:50 am
Mon May 27, 2013

Hurricane season is here

Florida has been hurricane-free since 2005 but we may not be so lucky this year, as Paul Janensch warns us in this Treasure Coast Essay.

The Atlantic hurricane season officially starts Saturday, June 1st, and continues through November 30th.  Are we ready?  Or have we become complacent?  A direct hurricane hit on Florida has not occurred since Hurricane Wilma in 2005.   This season, forecasters at Colorado State University's Tropical Meteorology Project. predict 18 tropical storms, of which nine will be hurricanes – meaning winds of at least 74 miles an hour.  A few more than in a typical season, Forecasters don’t know if any will make landfall.  But don’t take any chances.  Assemble an emergency kit.  It should include three gallons of water per person, food -- such as canned tuna and peanut butter -- to last three days, a manual can opener, a flashlight and extra batteries, medications, your insurance policy, plenty of cash and a battery-powered or hand-cranked radio tuned to this station, 88.9 FM, the emergency frequency for our area.  The storms of the Atlantic hurricane season will begin with Andrea, Barry and Chantal.  Further down is Pablo.  Hey, that’s the Spanish version of MY name.  For 88.9 FM, this is Pablo Janensch.