Weather Watch: Tropical Storm Alberto heads out to sea

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Tropical Storm Alberto (credit: National Hurricane Center)

Tropical Storm Alberto (credit: National Hurricane Center)

Florida Travel Guide to Tropical Storm Alberto

Hurricane Season’s official start for 2012 is still a couple of weeks away, but the first tropical is already brewing off the Florida coast. We’ll be keeping a weather watch for you but know that many storms dissipate and Florida is filled with travellers who enjoy the sun throughout the summer, but a little hurricane preparation for safety never hurts!

Alberto

Tropical Storm Alberto reared his head off the northeast coast of Florida this morning but other than strong winds, he wasn’t noticeable. Located about 105 miles eastward of Jacksonville, he’s now heading further toward sea and away from land and is expected to pass by Wednesday. Alberto became the first tropical storm of the season over the weekend – beware of dangerous surf conditions and rip currents in northeastern Florida.

The Hurricane Season

This year, the hurricane season runs from June 1st till November 30th. So far, the forecast is that storm activity will be below average, and Alberto’s size bodes well as he just inched into the storm category with 40 mph winds! It all depends who you listen to though – from the National Hurricane Center to university forecasters, the predictions vary.

Are you prepared?

We’ll be running a series of articles on Hurricane Preparedness but following are basic aspects to consider:

  • locate the safest area in the event of a hurricane. If you’re in a hotel, this information will be readily available. If you’re renting a home, it will require more digging.
  • determine what your evacuation zone is
  • figure out the best escape route
  • designate a friend or family member to be your point of contact
  • ensure you have an adequate water supply for for 3 to 7 days (1 gallon daily per person)
  • ensure you have enough food (think non-perishable) for 3 to 7 days

Tell us…

Are you prepared for Hurricane Season?