A slower-than-usual hurricane season is expected this year because of an expected El Nino, federal forecasters said Thursday, but they warned that it takes only one storm to wreak havoc and urged Americans to be prepared.
During a hurricane, storm surge is one of the greatest threats to life and land, yet many people don’t understand the dire warnings from forecasters to get out of its way. So this season, they hope to offer easy-to-understand, color-coded maps and change the way they talk to the public.
The projected storm surge from Hurricane Sandy is a “worst case scenario” with devastating waves and tides predicted for the highly populated New York City metro area, government forecasters said Sunday.
Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is urging residents to prepare for severe weather that she says has the potential to have an Isabel-type storm surge.
The director of the National Hurricane Center says five to 10 inches of rain are expected to fall across the mid-Atlantic region due to Hurricane Irene, but may not push much water into the upper Chesapeake Bay.
The U.S. Navy ordered ships in its biggest East Coast center to head out to safer waters on Thursday to protect them from approaching Hurricane Irene.