May 29, 2014 --
Editor’s note: The following article is provided by the Installation Emergency Management Office, Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany.
Hurricane season in the Atlantic Basin – the Gulf of Mexico, the Caribbean Sea, and the Atlantic Ocean – spans from June 1 through Nov. 30.
Hurricane forecasters are predicting a near-normal or below-normal hurricane season in the Atlantic Basin, which means that everyone should take action now to be ready.
There are four hazards associated with tropical storms and hurricanes: winds, inland flooding, tornadoes and storm surge.
According to a study conducted by the National Hurricane Center, during 1970 - 1999, more than half (59 percent) of the more than 600 U.S. direct tropical cyclone-related fatalities occurred due to inland flooding.
More than 75 percent of the fatalities were children under the age of 13 and most occurred in inland counties.
Tropical storms and hurricanes are notorious for producing extreme amounts of rainfall leading to widespread flooding.
In July 1994, Tropical Storm Alberto produced catastrophic flooding in the Southeast U.S., leading to the costliest natural disaster in Georgia’s history.
Remember, have a plan of where to go and what to do before a hurricane threatens.
For more information, visit the following websites.
National Hurricane Center: www.nhc.noaa.gov/HAW2/english/tornadoes.shtml
Storm Prediction Center: www.spc.noaa.gov to learn more about tornadoes, find current forecasts for them or if there are any ongoing severe thunderstorm or tornado watches.
To learn about hurricane-related hazards and how they can impact Georgia, visit Hurricanes 101 at www.gema.ga.gov/gemaohsv10.nsf/5a33c59722f0fd8f85257726004f0575/1e49e61e4cd730a3852577350071bcea?OpenDocument&Highlight=0,Hurricane,101.
To teach children about tornadoes, visit FEMA for Kids at www.fema.gov/kids/tornado.htm.
For additional information, call the Installation Emergency Management Office at 229-639-5746.