Atlantic hurricane season is from June 1 to November 30 every year.
While hurricanes can develop anytime, it is during the late summer months into the fall that hurricanes are most likely to effect the east coast. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration(NOAA) is forecasting 4 hurricanes this season which includes 1-2 storms classified as major. While this season is predicted to be below average it only takes one hurricane to devastate a community. It is important to remember hurricanes result in power outages from damaging winds and falling trees. For inland communities like Richmond, flooding is the biggest threat. Richmond has adopted strategies to lessen the impact of rising river water and localized flooding but it is equally important to understand the responsibilities of residents.
Pay attention to the forecasts, hurricanes change strength and direction frequently resulting in often changing areas of impact. Remember that hurricanes don’t have to make a direct hit for communities to experience heavy rains and damaging winds. Understand the risk of flooding at your home and work including your daily commute and consider learning alternative routes.
For more information on hurricanes go to NOAA’s Tropical Cyclone Guide: http://www.nws.noaa.gov/os/hurricane/resources/TropicalCyclones11.pdf
Watch this video from the National Hurricane Center on Inland Flooding: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=omJoz2u3rZI
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