Don't be fooled by lack if hurricane activity in Atlantic basin

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Don’t be lulled into a state-of-unpreparedness! (National Hurricane Center). According to weather records dating back to 1851, the first hurricane DID NOT FORM until after Aug. 20 in 48 of the 161 …

Don’t be lulled into a state-of-unpreparedness! (National Hurricane Center). According to weather records dating back to 1851, the first hurricane DID NOT FORM until after Aug. 20 in 48 of the 161 years, and in 25 of then, it formed on or after 1 September. Presentation courtesy of Dr. Walter Hays, Global Alliance for Disaster Reduction

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  • 1. 162 YEARS OF HISTORY: ATLANTIC AND PACIFIC BASINS
  • 2. DON’T BE FOOLED BY LACK OF HURRICANE ACTIVITY IN ATLANTIC BASIN ON AUGUST 20, 2013
  • 3. 162 YEARS OF HISTORY: ATLANTIC AND PACIFIC BASINS
  • 4. CHRONOLOGY OF 2013’s STORMS • ANDREA - Tropical storm; June 5 • BARRY - Tropical storm; June 19 • CHANTAL – Tropical storm; July 7 • DORIAN – Tropical Storm; July 22 • ERIN – Tropical Storm; August 14 • FERNAND -- • GABRIELLE –
  • 5. AUGUST 20, 2013
  • 6. DON’T BE LULLED INTO A STATE-OF- UNPREPAREDNESS! (National Hurricane Center)
  • 7. According to weather records dating back to 1851, the first hurricane DID NOT FORM until after Aug. 20 in 48 of the 161 years, and in 25 of then, it formed on or after Sept. 1.
  • 8. THREE COSTLY EXAMPLES: HURRICANE SANDY; OCT., 2012 HURRICANE; IKE, SEPT., 2008 HURRICANE ANDREW; AUGUST 26, 1992
  • 9. Sandy, a super storm, caused an estimated 72 deaths and $65 billion in damage
  • 10. CAT I HURRICANE SANDY: OCTOBER 24
  • 11. SANDY: RAIN IN HAITI
  • 12. RAIN IN CUBA; OCT 25
  • 13. RAIN BEGINS IN FT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA; OCT. 26
  • 14. OCEAN CITY, MARYLAND
  • 15. REHOBOTH BEACH, DELAWARE: OCT. 29
  • 16. SUPER STORM SANDY: OCT. 29-30, 2012
  • 17. NEW JERSEY: ATLANTIC CITY UNDER WATER
  • 18. NEW JERSEY: OCEAN FRONT FLOODING
  • 19. NEW JERSEY: STREETS FLOODED
  • 20. FLOODING IN BROOKLYN, NY
  • 21. $360 MILLION STORM SURGE, NEW HAVEN, CT: OCT. 30
  • 22. HURRICANE IKE Ninth Named Storm of 2008 Hurricane Season September 3-13
  • 23. • The number of deaths was low because of excellent forecasts and preparedness. • Millions were safely evacuated. • Economic losses from damaged homes and infrastructure were estimated at about 8 billion dollars.
  • 24. • HAITI, BAHAMAS (GRAND TURK ISLAND), CUBA, AND USA (TEXAS) HIT HARD BY SURGE, WIND AND RAIN • CRUISE LINERS AFFECTED • GULF OIL PRODUCTION SHUT DOWN • OIL TANKER CRISIS AND OIL STORAGE FIRE
  • 25. • The seawall in Galveston held, ... • But, downtown Galveston and Houston became flooded ghost towns (because of the evacuation) with downed trees, debris, shattered glass, and damaged infrastructure.
  • 26. • 7,500 national guards were activated by Texas Governor, Rick Perry, to help in search and rescue operations.
  • 27. • Thousands of homes and businesses in Texas and SW Louisiana were damaged or flooded
  • 28. • An estimated three million were left without power and water. • Restoration of power and water, would require help from throughout the Nation and take several weeks.
  • 29. • Texas’ and Louisiana’s oil production—20 percent of USA’s production– and Texas’ petrochemical industries survived with only minor problems.
  • 30. HURRICANE ANDREW; AUGUST 26, 1992 A MAJOR DISASTER