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Halfway through hurricane season
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Halfway through hurricane season

Tropical Storm Andrea brought some heavy rain and wind to Pinellas County. Other than that, 2013 has proven to be a light hurricane season for the Tampa Bay area. As we close the books on the first half of the season, it’s important to remember that the second, far busier, half is yet to come.

Statistically, the majority of the activity in a typical season happens in the second half. Since the hurricane record began in 1855, nearly 55 percent of all tropical storms and hurricanes form during the months of September and October. Strong and destructive storms such as last year’s Hurricane Sandy, 2005’s Wilma and the 1921 Tampa Bay Hurricane all made landfall in October, reminding us that now is not the time to let our guard down. More information about tropical climatology can be found at the National Hurricane Center’sclimatology website.

To help residents prepare for the rest of this year’s hurricane season, Pinellas County is producing its eSeries: Prepare to Survive. These 15-minute programs offer an in-depth look into specific disaster preparedness topics, including insurance, preparing your pet and building codes. The September edition features a discussion with Heather Smith of the county’s Business Technology Services giving a guided tour of the county’s new evacuation lookup system. The show can be seen on PCC-TV, on YouTube, and online atPinellas County eSeries.

For more information about how to prepare yourself and your family for hurricanes, visit Pinellas County Emergency Management to find your evacuation level, learn about storm dangers and discover how to create your own disaster plan.

 

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