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1st tropical wave forms — 9 days before the start of hurricane season Chanel 9 Orlando

ORLANDO, Fla. — A tropical wave formed Tuesday — nine days before the official start of the 2024 Atlantic hurricane season.Chief meteorologist Tom Terry said the wave is the first to form in 2024, but it certainly will not be the last this season.

“The first of about 60 tropical waves is moving west over the Atlantic,” he said. “I don’t expect this one to develop, but record warm waters and more favorable overall conditions will lead to an active season ahead.”


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South Florida Hurricane Resources: Be Prepared!

Hurricanes are a fact of life in South Florida. Here’s a list of helpful resources to ensure you and your family are prepared for the next storm season:

Official Government Resources:

Hurricane Preparedness Guides:

  • Ready.gov Hurricane Guide: The official hurricane preparedness guide from Ready.gov, a U.S. government website, offers comprehensive information on assembling a hurricane preparedness kit, developing a communication plan, and more. [https://www.ready.gov/hurricane-toolkit]
  • Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH): FLASH provides resources on hurricane shutter selection and installation, helping you choose the best option for your home. [https://flash.org/]

News and Weather Resources:

  • National Weather Service (NWS) Miami: Get real-time weather updates, forecasts, and hurricane advisories specifically for South Florida. [https://www.weather.gov/mfl/]
  • Local News Stations: Many local South Florida news stations have dedicated hurricane webpages with storm tracking tools, safety tips, and emergency preparedness information.

Additional Resources:

  • American Red Cross: The American Red Cross website provides information on hurricane shelters, disaster relief resources, and ways to volunteer during hurricane season. [https://www.redcross.org/about-us/our-work/disaster-relief.html]
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA): The FEMA website offers resources on disaster recovery, financial assistance programs, and how to register for federal aid after a hurricane. [https://www.fema.gov/]

Remember: It’s always better to be prepared than caught off guard. By taking the time to gather information, create a plan, and assemble an emergency kit, you can minimize stress and ensure the safety of your family and property during hurricane season.

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Experts are predicting an extremely active 2024 Atlantic hurricane season, with a higher-than-average chance of major hurricanes making landfall. Here’s a breakdown of the predictions and some references for further reading:

  • Activity Level: Forecasters predict a well-above-average season. Colorado State University (CSU) predicts 23 named storms, 11 of which will become hurricanes, and 5 reaching major hurricane status (Category 3 or stronger) CBS News: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/atlantic-hurricane-season-2024-predictions-colorado-state/. This is significantly higher than the 1991-2020 average of 14.4 named storms.

  • Landfall Probability: The CSU report also predicts a much higher chance of a major hurricane hitting the U.S. coastline (62%) compared to the historical average (43%). The Caribbean is also forecast to see an increased likelihood of major hurricane impact. Yale Climate Connections: https://yaleclimateconnections.org/2024/04/forecasters-predict-an-extremely-active-2024-atlantic-hurricane-season/

  • Contributing Factors: Two main factors are expected to fuel this active season:

    • La Niña conditions – La Niña typically reduces wind shear, which allows storms to develop and strengthen more easily.
    • Warm Atlantic Ocean temperatures – Warmer water provides more energy for storms to form and intensify. [invalid URL removed]

It’s important to remember:

  • These are just predictions, and the actual number and intensity of storms can vary.
  • The Atlantic hurricane season officially runs from June 1 to November 30.

Here are some resources for staying informed throughout the season:

Posted 4/9/24