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A Word On Hurricanes

The threat of a terrorist attack in this country has been on the minds of everyone since 9/11/2001. But a more real threat for our part of the state comes from something we haven't seen in a very long time... a major hurricane. Historically, major hurricanes were fairly common in southwest Florida, averaging about 2 direct hits per decade from 1872 to 1960. The 44-year lull since 1960 has lead to a great deal of apathy about these dangerous storms.

Hurricane Climatologists are warning us that we have entered a new era of increased hurricane activity, similar to the bad old days when devastating storms regularly traveled across the Southern Florida Peninsula. The huge increase in our population since 1960, makes hurricane preparation more important than ever! Are you prepared? If not, this NBC2 First Alert Hurricane Survival Guide and Tracking Chart will help you survive our next hurricane.

Throughout the hurricane season, count on NBC2 for up-to-the-minute reports on the tropics. With the newest state-of-the-art technology, we will pinpoint all storms and track them for you, letting you know which ones are a threat. NBC2 continues to lead Southwest Florida in severe weather and hurricane coverage, providing you with the most comprehensive and accurate information in the area. NBC2, with the First Alert Storm Team and First Alert Power Doppler Radar, will keep you ahead of the storm.

What Is A Hurricane?

Over the tropics, energy stored in the warm water is converted to heat in the atmosphere. This heated air rises, creating an area of low pressure at the surface. If conditions are right, the low pressure air will intensify, pulling in more warm and humid air, creating spiraling bands of thunderstorms and intense winds. When the winds exceed 73 mph, the storm becomes a hurricane.

Hurricane season runs from June 1st through November 30th, but the majority of the storms form in August, September, and October. Hurricanes come in different sizes and intensities, but even the weaker ones can make your life miserable. Hurricanes can produce flooding rains, damaging winds, tornadoes, and elevated sea levels (storm surges) that can inundate coastal communities.

On the following pages you will learn more about hurricanes, their threat to Southwest Florida, and what you can do to protect your family and your property!