Hurricane season’s peak serves as reminder to be prepared for storms

Published: Sep. 22, 2022 at 7:13 PM EDT
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (News Service of Florida) - While two named storms spin in the Atlantic, Floridians could focus on a growing system that was producing showers and thunderstorms Thursday near the southern Windward Islands. The tropical wave has a 70 percent chance of developing into a named storm in the next two days and a 90 percent chance within five days. As of midday Thursday, the storm was moving west-northwest toward the central Caribbean Sea. The storm is currently very close to the northern coast of Venezuela, creating an unfavorable environment for development. However, National Weather Service Meteorologist Kelly Godsey expects the storm to strengthen over the next few days as it reaches the open waters of the Caribbean Sea. He says now is the time to make sure you’re prepared, in case the storm tracks toward Florida.

”We are in the peak of hurricane season. If you have that hurricane kit already on hand, you’re ready for this storm, the next storm, or whatever may else come this hurricane season.”, says Kelly Godsey.

“Whether it’s this system or another system, having what you need on hand saves you time and gets everything ready when we get into a situation where a storm is threatening your community.”

Hurricane Fiona in recent days caused massive flooding and power outages in Puerto Rico and is forecast to move near Bermuda late Thursday. Tropical Storm Gaston also is in the Atlantic. The next name on the Atlantic storm list is Hermine.

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