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Hurricane Season Is Here!

Tomorrow is the first official day of the 2014 hurricane season! Are you ready? This week Dan Reilly, of the National Weather Service Houston Galveston Office, gave the City’s EOC (emergency operations center) team a briefing on what to expect this season. Here are a few of the highlights you should consider:

  • Obviously our major concern in La Porte is storm surge. Hurricanes that track to the left of La Porte (putting us on the right side of the storm) pose the biggest threat for inland flooding.
  • Make sure you bookmark www.hurricanes.gov and get to know what their graphics look like and what the outlooks mean. New this year, hopefully by July 1st, they will start issuing a 5-day graphical outlook in addition to the 48 hour notice that you currently see.
  • An El Nino year (cooler water temperatures and more wind shear to break up the storms) will be forecasted around August so numbers look less than last year’s forecast.
  • With that being said, it only takes one. Hurricane Alicia and Hurricane Andrew both formed during El Nino years so it’s not safe to write this season off just yet!
You can see all of the different agencies forecast numbers for the 2014 season on the graph attached! Also make sure to stop by City Hall or the PD and pick up a copy of the LEPC Emergency Preparedness Guide or you can print it off online here: LEPC Emergency Preparedness Guide