2022 Hurricane Preparation Guide

2022-05-18 Hurricane Guide

Hurricane Preparation

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Page 20 FILE PHOTO Hurricane Charley, a Category 4 storm, heavily damaged the Charlevoi Condominiums in Punta Gorda. 2022 ATLANTIC TROPICAL STORM/ HURRICANE NAMES Alex Bonnie Colin Danielle Earl Fiona Gaston Hermine Ian Julia Karl Lisa Martin Nicole Owen Paula Richard Shary Tobias Virginie Walter WHAT HAPPENS IF WE RUN OUT OF NAMES? The World Meteoro- logical Organization no longer uses the names of Greek letters for hurri- canes. Instead, if more than 21 named tropical cyclones occur in the At- lantic basin in a season, a list of supplemental names will be used. Adria Braylen Caridad Deshawn Emery Foster Gemma Heath Isla Jacobus Kenzie Lucio Makayla Nolan Orlanda Pax Ronin Sophie Tayshaun Viviana Will RETIRED NAMES Atlantic tropical storm and hurricane name lists repeat every six years unless a storm is so de- structive and/or deadly that its name is retired from future lists. The World Meteorological Organization replaces the retired name with a name starting with the same letter. Agnes 1972 Alicia 1983 Allen 1980 Allison 2001 Andrew 1992 Anita 1977 Audrey 1957 Betsy 1965 Beulah 1967 Bob 1991 Camille 1969 Carla 1961 Carmen 1974 Carol 1954 Celia 1970 Cesar 1996 Charley 2004 Cleo 1964 Connie 1955 David 1979 Dean 2007 Dennis 2005 Diana 1990 Diane 1955 Donna 1960 Dora 1964 Dorian 2019 Edna 1954 Elena 1985 Eloise 1975 Erika 2015 Eta 2020 Fabian 2003 Felix 2007 Fifi 1974 Flora 1963 Florence 2018 Floyd 1999 Fran 1996 Frances 2004 Frederic 1979 Georges 1998 Gilbert 1988 Gloria 1985 Greta 1978 Gustav 2008 Harvey 2017 Hattie 1961 Hazel 1954 Hilda 1964 Hortense 1996 Hugo 1989 Ida 2021 Igor 2010 Ike 2008 Inez 1966 Ingrid 2013 Ione 1955 Iota 2020 Irene 2011 Iris 2001 Irma 2017 Isabel 2003 Isidore 2002 Ivan 2004 Janet 1955 Jeanne 2004 Joan 1988 Joaquin 2015 Juan 2003 Katrina 2005 Keith 2000 Klaus 1990 Laura 2020 Lenny 1999 Lili 2002 Luis 1995 Maria 2017 Marilyn 1995 Matthew 2016 Michael 2018 Michelle 2001 Mitch 1998 Nate 2017 Noel 2007 Opal 1995 Otto 2016 Paloma 2008 Rita 2005 Roxanne 1995 Sandy 2012 Stan 2005 Tomas 2010 Wilma 2005 2022 Atlantic tropical storm/hurricane names History of storm names Hurricanes first got their names in the West Indies, based on which saint's day the storm struck. According to Ivan R. Tannehill's "Hurricanes," there was Hurricane Santa Ana, which struck Puerto Rico on July 26, 1825; and San Felipe (the first) and San Felipe (the second) both struck Puerto Rico on Sept. 13 in 1876 and 1928. Toward the end of the 19th century, Australian meteorologists began naming tropical storms after women, according to Tannehill. During World War II, the notion of naming storms after women became common, especially among Air Force and Navy meteorologists, according to the National Weather Service. In 1953, the United States began using women's names. By 1978, men's names were added to the list of Eastern North Pacific storms. The Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico followed the following year. Visit desotobocc.com/ departments/emergency_ management where you will find information to create your own hurricane preparedness kit, evacuation routes, shelter information, the sign-up link for DeSotoAlert and various other links to assist you with staying informed and prepared. Follow Desoto County emergency management on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ DesotoEM. There are options you have during a storm event. You can remain at your residence, stay with family or friends, go to an area that won't be impacted by the storm, or as a last re- sort you may stay at a public shelter. In the event that DeSoto County and surrounding areas will be impacted by a storm, a general population shelter and/or a special needs shelter may be opened. Information on our shelters can be found on our website. People who are medically dependent and will need assistance during a storm are encouraged to apply for assistance through our Special Needs Program. The application can be accessed through a link on our web- site or can be printed and submitted to Emergency Management, to be processed. In addition, all registered medically dependent persons must make every e ort to bring a care- giver to the special needs shelter. Only service pets are allowed at this shelter. If necessary, prearrange pet care with your local veterinarian or indicate this need on your Special Needs Program application. DeSoto County Emergency Man- agement will keep residents, visitors and businesses informed as storms approach, and you can count on us for help after a storm has passed. It is important that our residents, visitors and businesses are prepared and self-su cient until we can coordinate e orts with the State and FEMA in providing assistance. Be- ing prepared is the best way to make sure you are ready for any disaster. DeSoto County Emergency Management encourages you to Be Informed, Be Prepared, Be Safe. Rick Christo is the emergency management director for DeSoto County. He can be reached at 863-993-4831. BY NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA Another above-normal Atlantic hurricane season could be coming at us. AccuWeather forecasters predict 16 to 20 named storms this year, with six to eight becoming hurricanes. Three to fi ve of the hurricanes are projected to have winds exceed- ing 111 mph, and four to six are forecast to directly impact the U.S. The past two seasons have exhaust- ed lists of storm names, with a record 30 named storms in 2020 and 2021 named systems in 2021. A normal year has 14 named storms, with seven becoming hurri- canes and three major hurricanes. This year's prediction is based, in part, on La Nina, which can limit vertical wind shear in the atmo- sphere. "With less wind shear in the atmosphere, there will be one fewer tropical hindrance in play," the Ac- cuWeather report said. AccuWeath- er meteorologist and hurricane expert Dan Kottlowski noted that a shift to a neutral phase could occur during the summer but if La NiƱa remains in place, or even intensi- fi es, then it's possible that there could be more than 20 storms. Active hurricane season expected

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