Tropical Development in the Western Gulf (6/15/2015 8:50am)

posted Jun 15, 2015, 6:55 AM by J.T. Johnston
The 2015 hurricane season is off to a fast start for what was supposed to be a "quiet" season.  A low pressure system in the Western Gulf of Mexico is being given an 80% chance of becoming a tropical cyclone in the next 48 hours.  Should this become a named storm (Bill), it will be the second of the season. (Tropical Storm Ana formed in early May off the South Carolina coast.)  Fortunately, the storm is not expected to pose a risk to our area other than increased rip-currents at the beaches.

Let this be a reminder that predictions are pretty much meaningless when it comes to hurricanes.  All it takes to make a bad year for us is one storm.  Be vigilant!  Everyone should have a plan, especially businesses and industry.  Check your supply kits and generators.  Remember, be prepared to take care of yourself and your family for at least 72 hours during which time power may be out and stores may be closed.