Even though there have already been two named storms in the 2016 Atlantic hurricane season, the season officially began yesterday.
Here in Tampa, we’re blessed to have a great meteorologist in the suspender-wearing Denis Phillips, who heads the weather team at WFTS, better known here as ABC Action News. A few years ago, he came up with seven rules to follow during hurricane season, which apply just as easily if you live in New York or Houston than if you live in the Tampa Bay area.
They are as follows, though if you live in another area, change the wording slightly:
1. Storm track errors past 3 days can be HUGE. Don’t get caught up on forecasts that far out. You’ll go crazy.
2. Models flip flop back and forth all the time. Look for trends, don’t look at individual model runs
3. If you didn’t prepare in June (which you probably didn’t), do so now. Check your hurricane kit and guide to see what YOU and your family need.
4. Don’t freak out.
5. Don’t freak out. Ok? We live in Florida. It goes with the territory. The odds of a storm affecting us directly is usually low.
6. If things get bad, KNOW that we will be there will you 24-7. You’re going to hear a ton of information. It can get confusing. Stick with us. We won’t steer you wrong.
7. Stop freaking out….until I tell you to. We’re fine.
Looking like it may be a busier year than the most recent seasons, but all it takes is one bad storm to make a bad season.