Prepare for the worst, expect the best this hurricane season

What to expect and how to be prepared for hurricane season in South Florida this year.


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Ha’ani Sumerix, Contributing Writer

Hurricane season has begun, and won’t ease up until the end of November, but there will be no need to start looking for alternative tanning solutions just yet. This year’s hurricane season is expected to be mild.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts “a 70 percent likelihood of 6 to 11 named storms (winds of 39 mph or higher), of which 3 to 6 could become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher), including zero to 2 major hurricanes (Category 3, 4 or 5; winds of 111 mph or higher).”

However, the NOAA also stated that they believe that there is a 70 percent chance that “the Atlantic 2015 hurricane season will likely be below-normal.” That does not, however, necessarily mean that it will not have catastrophic impacts on communities.

The first thing to know is your evacuation routes according to the National Weather Service and Hurricane Center. “You need to plan on where you and your family would ride out the storm if you are told to evacuate. Most people only need to evacuate a few miles from the coast to avoid the dangers of storm surge.” They suggest staying with a friend or relative that has a home outside the storm surge evacuation zone.

East of US-1 or Federal Highway is an evacuation zone, according to the Palm Beach Hurricane Evacuation Zones. If you find yourself in this area, they suggest traveling inland until you’re west of US-1.

Next, make a disaster kit with emergency supplies. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention says that a disaster kit should include:

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According to the Miami Dade 2015 Guide to Hurricane Preparedness, if a hurricane warning is declared you should:

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Hopefully no one ends up like this girl this hurricane season.