Today is June 1, and that means the official start to the Atlantic hurricane season.  Of course, this year we’ve already been visited by Tropical Storm Ana, which brought rain to the eastern Carolinas and some high surf along the coast.  Quite a few other seasons had a storm before the “official” start date, so that is not too unusual.

An early start to the season is not a predictor for how active the hurricane season will be.  And of course it only takes one hitting a vulnerable population to cause tremendous damage.  If you are anywhere in the Southeast, you are vulnerable to the impacts of tropical weather, from flooding to tornadoes in the hurricanes’ spiral arms to storm surge and high wind where the storm comes onshore.

Here is a link to a short video from the National Hurricane Center on preparing for the storm.