Hurricane Misunderstandings | KW39 Houston

HOUSTON (CW39) – Colorado State University is due to release its forecast for the hurricane season this morning at 9 a.m. Let’s break down some common misconceptions about hurricanes.

“A below-average forecast season means no major storms …”

The CSU team forecast both the number of named storms and hurricanes in 2005 (year of Hurricane Katrina) to be over 50%. A sub-par season was forecast for 2019 and we saw 18 named storms, 6 hurricanes and 3 intense hurricanes. Hurricane Dorian reached peak wind speeds of 185 miles per hour. Dorian and Lorenzo were rated category 5.

I live Inland, So I don’t have to worry about hurricanes.

Flash floods, heavy rains, thunderstorms, inconsistent winds, the threat of tornadoes and even storm surges can travel miles inland!

Tropical Storm Lee, 2011, brought significant rainfall inland. It was merged with an upper level and brought as much rain to central Pennsylvania as areas on landfall along the Louisiana coast.

I did it “Insert hurricane of your choice here, so i will be good for this!

No two hurricanes are the same. Many variables need to be considered in future storms. Things can change IN THE MOMENT. No matter what the forecast says.

To think about … Urbanization and re-canalization: How have floodplains changed over the years? More people, less drain. More people, more stuff, more rubble!

“Since we categorize storms according to wind speed, wind has to be the most dangerous part of the storm”

Storm surge is the deadliest part. It can go for miles inland and not just affect the coast!

“My home contents insurance covers floods, I don’t have to worry about that!”

Wrong: floods are mostly NOT covered and require a separate plan

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