COLUMBIA, SC – (AP) – As Atlantic hurricane season approaches, South Carolina officials are urging residents to put their supplies and plans in order, in case the State would be hit by storms again this year.
Sunday begins Hurricane Preparedness Week in South Carolina, as proclaimed by Governor Henry McMaster.
During this week, state and county emergency officials and the National Weather Service are urging South Carolina to begin developing storm preparedness plans, which they say should include police review. insurance and discussion of what might happen during a major storm.
There are different official talking points for each day, including awareness of the evacuation zone, what to put in an emergency kit, and how to care for animals during a storm.
“Hurricanes and tropical storms impact South Carolina not just on our coast, but across our state,” McMaster tweeted last week. “With hurricane season fast approaching, it is crucial that South Carolinians begin to prepare. “
Atlantic hurricane season officially begins on Tuesday and ends in November.
According to state emergency management officials, South Carolina is one of the states most vulnerable to hurricanes and tropical storms, although it was spared last year. The state’s six coastal counties bordering the Atlantic Ocean have over 322 km of coastline; Another 21 counties in the interior may be directly affected by storms.
While storm surges and flooding are the biggest threats from a hurricane or tropical storm, the South Carolina Emergency Management Division warns that high winds and tornadoes can also cause serious damage. .
Forecasters are predicting a busy hurricane season along the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico, although perhaps not as severe as the record year of 2020. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said earlier this month- This season will likely see 13-20 named storms, with at least six of which will become hurricanes, and three to five classified as major hurricanes with winds over 110 mph (177 km / h).
President Joe Biden announced earlier this month that he was doubling US emergency spending to help communities prepare for hurricanes and other extreme weather events, despite spending $ 1 billion are only a small fraction of what the United States spends on weather disasters. Last year, the country suffered 22 weather and climate disasters – including forest fires, hurricanes and snowstorms – with losses exceeding $ 1 billion each.
The cumulative cost of the country’s disasters was nearly $ 100 billion.
This year has already seen major winter storms that have caused a deadly blackout in Texas and other states, and authorities expect an ongoing severe drought in the West to reach another. Destroyed forest fires after one of the worst fire years on record in 2020.
Tropical Storm Ana, the first named storm this season, formed on May 23 in the North Atlantic, losing strength the next day.
(Watch below: Tropical Depression One forms before hurricane season begins)
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