Every year, hurricane season begins on June 1 on the east coast of the United States, particularly in the South and in the Gulf Coast. Severe storms affect both coastal and inland populations.
Those on the shore must balance remaining at work and keeping businesses open with completing hurricane preparations for either hunkering down for the storm or boarding things up, relocating boats, and leaving. When making these judgments, homeowners consider the size and character of each storm, as well as its expected path.
Inland residents may have relatives or friends on the coast who may come to visit for a few days after a hurricane, however power outages on ports typically result in food or gas shortages or the closure of businesses and service stations.
Everyone, regardless of location, gathers materials and supplies, develops plans A, B, and C, and monitors radar and weather forecasts to determine how to proceed.
Southerners are so accustomed to this routine that every August, jokes and memes begin to circulate, such as “Is Jim Cantore here yet?” questioning whether a storm is likely to be significant.
Governors are aware that multiple hurricanes have a negative impact on business and income each season, and they are also aware that their residents are aware of all the procedures. Suggested evacuations provide a window of opportunity for residents to migrate if they are able and alter their business schedules, and a staggered evacuation is preferable to a rapid, required evacuation, during which all routes and resources would be congested and stressed.
Recent Hurricane Ian was meticulously tracked by weather analysts as it traversed the Atlantic, traversed the Caribbean, and headed north to damage Cuba. As the Category 4 hurricane moved northward toward Florida, forecasters did their best to pinpoint its expected impact site. Initial indications suggested that the Tamp region was the most likely spot. There was a staging area for emergency vehicles, and people of Tampa, even slow-moving boats, fled to the north and south.
Except that Ian chose to slightly adjust route and hit Ft. Myers instead. After Ian had traversed Florida and picked up speed in the Atlantic Ocean en route to South Carolina as a Category 1 hurricane, the whole coastline of South Carolina awaited the location of landfall. The hurricane opted to make landfall between Charleston and Georgetown as opposed to Hilton Head, as had been predicted.
Every year, hurricane planning is a guessing game helped by technology, but some media outlets believe governors should have a crystal ball to predict the future while preparing for storms.
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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis jumped in immediately after Ian to activate all rescue and assessment plans and sent aid immediately to the hit areas.
Rather than ask about the efforts underway, a CNN reporter decided to question DeSantis on his planning. The reporter must not have been watching the Weather Channel to be unaware of predictions, and the timeline for preparedness and evacuation.
DeSantis pushed back on CNN when the outlet questioned him about why a mandatory evacuation in Lee County was only in place the day before Hurricane Ian made landfall Townhall reported. CONTINUE READING…