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florida hurricane infoFor 2008 - NOAA had predicted a near normal Atlantic Hurricane Season with a 65% chance of 12 to 16 named storms, including 6 to 9 hurricanes and 2 to 5 major hurricanes. An average season has 11 named storms, including  6 hurricanes. Only Fay slammed the state of Florida with heavy rains. The 15 other named storms spared Florida. 2008 Named Tropical Storms and Hurricanes were Arthur, Bertha, Cristobal, Dolly, Genevieve, Edouard, Fay, Gustav, Hanna, Ike, Iselle, Josephine, Kyle, Omar and Paloma

August 2008 Tropical Storm Fay - caused severe water shortage for a 16-county region of Florida and parts of Georgia. Rainfall from from 17 to 25 inches for Florida and Georgia was reported. Areas of flooding with accumulations up to 30 inches caused major damage. While hurricane losses in Florida were minimal this year, 2008 was the fourth costliest hurricane season on record – $21 billion in U.S.-insured damages, according to the ISO’s Property Claim Services.

2009 Tropical Storm Names & 2009 Hurricane Names -Ana, Bill, Claudette, Danny, Erika, Fred, Grace, Henri, Ida, Joaquin, Kate, Larry, Mindy, Nicholas, Odette, Peter, Rose, Sam, Teresa, Victor, Wanda

2009 Archives - The North Atlantic hurricane season overall in 2009 ranks as the slowest since the El Nino year of 1997.
Bill was the first Atlantic hurricane and did not affect Florida. Hurricane Ida fizzled out because the Gulf water temperatures were not warm enough.

2010 Hurricane News - Alex was the first Atlantic Hurricane of the season and reached a category 2 in intensity. It made its way over the Gulf of Mexico and slammed into Mexico with 100 mph winds Wednesday night June 30th and then dissipated as it moved over land. Wave action from the hurricane only caused a minimal effect as it pushed some of the top slick from the oil leak area in the Gulf closer to the shores in Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi Hurricane Danielle and Earl are the second and third hurricanes of the season and remained out in the Atlantic. Danielle remained out in the Atlantic and caused no damage to the U.S. Earl
diminished from a hurricane to a tropical storm as it made landfall near Western Head Nova Scotia with sustained winds of 70 mph. Tropical Storm Hermine got up to 70 mph just under category one status and slammed into Mexico's northern Gulf Coast near the U.S. border with winds of 60 mph, lashing Mexico and southern Texas with heavy rains that caused some flash flooding.

For the first time in twelve years, we had a rare triple threat in the Atlantic -three simultaneous hurricanes. Hurricane Karl joined Hurricanes Igor and Julia in the steadily expanding Hurricanes of 2010 club becoming the sixth hurricane of the season. The last time we had three simultaneous hurricanes in the Atlantic was in 1998. Igor made landfall at Newfoundland, Canada with heavy rain and winds near hurricane force.
Hurricane Danielle and Earl were the second and third hurricanes of the season and remained out in the Atlantic and followed a similar path as Igor and Julia.

The activity for the 2010 Atlantic hurricane season has an average of 10 names storms, 6 hurricanes, and 2 intense hurricanes. For 2010
NOAA projected a 70% probability of : 14 to 23 Named Storms (top winds of 39 mph +, including: 8 to 14 Hurricanes (top winds of 74 mph +), of which: 3 to 7 could be Major Hurricanes (Cat 3, 4 or 5; winds at least 111 mph).  Richard is the 10th hurricane of the 2010 Atlantic hurricane season tied for sixth place for most hurricanes in an Atlantic hurricane season. The year's 17 named storms also ranks 6th most in history; Atlantic hurricane season records go back to 1851.

Many factors must be present for a hurricane to develop, they include: Sea temperature must be a minimum of 80 degrees to a depth of at least 150 feet.

The lower layer of the atmosphere must contain a large degree of high humidity. The difference of the wind speed between the lower and upper atmospheres must not exceed 20 miles per hour. Thunderstorm activity must be present to start the circular spinning action and create an upward flow of air near the center of the thunderstorm center, and if barometric pressure drops, more air is sucked up into the core of the storm and wind velocity begins to increase. If wind speed increases to 74mph (the minimum velocity for hurricane classification), an "eye" will generally begin to form, giving birth to a hurricane.

Have a plan of action to protect against hazards. A family plan should include knowing the risks in your area, locating safe areas in the home or evacuation centers, setting a contact location where family members can meet, making plans for pets, storing nonperishable food and other emergency items, and using a NOAA radio.

Many factors must be present for a hurricane to develop and intensify, they include: Ocean temperature must be a minimum of 80 degrees to a depth of at least 150 feet.
In a typical season, there are about 11 named storms, of which two to three impact the east or gulf coast of the US.

Hurricane Categories are based on sustained winds (1)74-95 mph (2)96-110 (3)111-130 (4)131-155 (5)over 155 mph.
The official Atlantic hurricane season is from June 1st through November 30th.

Florida Hurricane Strike Statistic Probabilities - Cape Coral Florida 1 in 11 ---- Tampa Bay Florida (st pete, clearwater area) 1 in 25

Jun 1, 2006 - It leaves residents in hurricane-prone areas feeling shell-shocked. Cape Coral insurance agent Brad Carlock knows of people who take out long-term loans to pay their annual insurance bills.   Oct 20, 2005 - Hurricane Charley that came within 10 miles of Cape Coral and caused significant damage. Damage estimates in Cape Coral topped $600 million and 41 percent of the homes here suffered some damage.  Aug 14, 1992 - . Hurricane Andrew, which caused billions of dollars of damage in south Florida. ... Heavy damage was reported in Cape Coral.

The Top 10 States that have had Major Hurricane strikes are Florida with Texas a close second, Louisiana, North Carolina, Mississippi, Alabama, New York, South Carolina, Connecticut and Rhode Island (hurricane strikes chart)

The Atlantic hurricane season is officially from 1 June to 30 November.
Chart From 1950 to 2004 in the United States
Major Hurricane Land Strikes

PREPARATIONS - HOME SAFETY Food, Water, Pets, Drowning etc.
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Hurricane Preparations Safety Pt 1
Hurricane Preparations Safety Pt 2
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