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The 2015 Hurricane Season Begins

The 2015 Atlantic hurricane season officially begins June 1st.

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Storm Surge Alerts Coming Into Effect This Hurricane Season

Hurricane season is approaching, and as Floridians, we understand the destruction and devastation hurricanes and tropical storms can cause. According to Bloomberg.com, a major cause of damage is from storm surge. Storm surge, plainly stated, is an unusual rise of water over and above normal during a storm or hurricane. According to Jamie Rhome, team leader of the Storm Surge Unit at the National Hurricane Center in Miami, storm surge relates to roughly 50% of lives lost during tropical storms or hurricanes. An example of devastation due to storm surge was seen when more than 1,500 lives were lost when water rose 19 feet during hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. As scary as a storm surge may seem, there is good news for residents along the coast of the U.S. mainland. Starting the beginning of this 2015 hurricane season, the National Hurricane Center will post storm surge alerts, in addition to their hurricane and tropical storm watches and warnings. These alerts will keep those in any location where water m ...

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Forecasters are Predicting a Quiet 2015 Hurricane Season

The 2015 hurricane season forecast has been released by the Colorado State University forecasters. Meteorologists, Philip Klotzbach and William Gray of Colorado State University's Tropical Meteorology project, have predicted a "well below-average" 2015 Atlantic hurricane season. According to USA Today, they are anticipating seven tropical storms, with only three becoming hurricanes this season. Of the three storms predicted to become a hurricane, the forecast team believes only one will reach a "major" hurricane status, which is considered to be a category 3 or above hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Scale. Based on weather records dating back to 1950, a "typical year" has around twelve tropical storms of which seven become hurricanes. In May, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will be issuing its forecast for the upcoming hurricane season. Even though we are happy to hear it should be a quiet hurricane season, these are only predictions, and the season could vary drastically from what thes ...

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Hurricane Preparation Myths Busted

Have you been preparing for hurricanes all wrong?

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Florida's Hurricane Tax Ends

Floridians have more to celebrate this New Year as Florida's hurricane insurance charge has ended as of January 1st. According to the Bradenton Herald, for the first time in nearly a decade, Floridians will encounter lower insurance taxes due to the elimination of Florida's Catastrophe Fund Emergency Assessment, also known as hurricane tax. After the calamitous hurricane season of 2004-05, hurricane tax assessments were brought on to help pay off the damage from those awful storms. Insurance policies in the state of Florida including, home, auto, and business no longer have to pay the mandatory Florida Catastrophe Fund Emergency Assessment. Although the Florida Catastrophe Fund claims to be stable, there are still concerns Florida taxpayers will have to deal with billions of dollars in damages if there were to be one or more strong storms to hit the state, especially since Florida has avoided a direct hit from a hurricane for nearly ten years. The president and CEO of Florida TaxWatch, Dominic Calabro, spo ...

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Why did Florida escape hurricanes for 9 years?

Atmospheric conditions have played a major role in sparing Florida from the wrath of Mother Nature.

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FIU’s Wall of Wind Tests Hurricane-Resilient Buildings

Florida International University builds "Wall of Wind" to test hurricane-resilient buildings.

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Helpful Hurricane Apps

An article about different applications available to download during hurricane season.

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Hurricane Season 2014

Be prepared this hurricane season

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The end of hurricane season

Giving thanks for the end of the 2013 Hurricane Season.

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