As summer comes to a close, residents in Florida are hopeful that a relatively quiet hurricane season will remain so. From June 1st through November 30, homeowners across the state brace themselves for what can historically be a time of extreme weather patterns that cause significant damage to property and person. From Andrew streaking a path of destruction through South Florida in 1992 to the infamous 2004 season, hurricanes are an all too often occurrence that demand preparation and safety.
In 2014, the Atlantic hurricane season is predicted to be less than the historic average of preceding years. The most recent forecast called for 7 to 12 named storms, including up to 6 hurricanes. After Arthur and Bertha, this leaves the potential of 4 more named storms with winds that exceed 74 mph, the minimum speed for classification as a hurricane. This below average prediction should give Floridians some relief from worry but, as always, vigilance is needed during each season.
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