Friday October 20th 2017

Hurricane Season 2011 – Above normal storms predicted by NOAA

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Free News Press
– The 2011 Hurricane season for the United States has begun and is going on now through November 30.  The areas affected by hurricane storms are the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, the Caribbean, and the Gulf of Mexico.

The Atlantic storms predicted by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) are 70 percent chance of having 12 to 18 named storms, out of these there are 6 to 10 hurricanes.  They believe that between 3 and 6 will develop into major hurricanes.

The Eastern Pacific storms are predicted to be a below normal hurricane season says the NOAA.  They predict a 70 percent chance for having between 9 and 15 named storms, with between 5 and 8 being hurricanes and 1 to 3 becoming a major hurricane.

Because of the hurricane storm season, The Department of State has issued a travel alert. In past storm seasons, there have been US citizens that have had travel plans delayed. There is also a risk for violence and looting after a natural disaster occurs. However, they say this is rare. If there is a hurricane when traveling, they may become delayed from departing were they are staying for 24 – 48 or even longer.

Overseas travel could become a problem to travel after a hurricane. The Department of State does not provide free transportation but can provide repatriation loans for individuals with financial needs. The Department of the State recommends getting travel insurance to cover these unexpected travel expenses.

If you live in a hurricane area, you should be prepared for the storms. Have an emergency kit in a waterproof container consisting of bottled water, non-perishable food, battery powered or hand-crank emergency radio, personal document such as passport and identification.

The Department of State has a website page called “Hurricane Season – Know Before You Go” at http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis_pa_tw_2915.html

By Jerry Miller

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