Modest hurricane season forecast doesn't calm coastal residents

Friday, May 22, 2009 7:01 AM
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SAVANNAH -- This year, a near-normal Atlantic hurricane season is likely, with nine to 14 named tropical storms, and four to seven of them developing into hurricanes, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicted Thursday.

But before you breathe a sigh of relief, consider this: Even if the prediction is dead on, it doesn't tell you where hurricanes will strike.

"All it takes is one," said Clayton Scott, director of the Chatham Emergency Management Agency. "That's really, really important."

One storm in Savannah would make it an above-average season here.

"This year, they're saying it'll be an average season, but who cares?" said Chuck Watson, a Savannah hurricane modeler and hazards analyst. "In 1992, there were only three (named) storms, but one of them was Hurricane Andrew. The number of storms doesn't tell you anything about landfall."

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spdermn78
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spdermn78 05/22/09 - 06:46 am
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You know what would make this

You know what would make this story even better AC..... The dates for this years hurricane season. Just a thought!!

psweat
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psweat 05/22/09 - 08:30 am
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I guess we should be expected

I guess we should be expected to already know the hurricane season dates???? Thats the only reason I read the article to find the dates. Guess I will go to the weather channel.

lemondrop
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lemondrop 05/22/09 - 08:45 am
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Hurricane season starts JUNE

Hurricane season starts JUNE 1st - and goes thru....Oct....but some have been known to hit as late as NOV.

Tujeez1
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Tujeez1 05/22/09 - 11:30 am
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The BIG ONE will hit NYC this

The BIG ONE will hit NYC this year....it's a hundred year cycle, the last big one hit there in 1909.~ Swami Tujeez

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