Hurricanes

Patricia Skinner  |  3/16/2005 3:16:38 AM

2012 Hurricane Season page

NOAA Ups its 2012 Seasonal Prediction 

The Atlantic basin is now expected to see a near to above normal hurricane season this year, according to the August 9th revised seasonal outlook issued by NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center – a division of the National Weather Service. Across the entire Atlantic Basin for the six-month period,

NOAA is now predicting
     12-17 named storms, 5-8 hurricanes and 2-3 major hurricanes.

The May outlook had called for 
       9-15 named storms, 4-8 hurricanes and 1-3 major hurricanes. 

      LSU AgCenter 2012 Hurricane Season page


From June 1 to November 30 each year the people of south Louisiana face the possibility of hurricanes:

  • WINDS up to 200 mph at ground level and more than 300 mph above ground
  • TORRENTIAL RAINS, which cause flash floods and river overflows
  • STORM SURGES from the Gulf and Lake Pontchartrain
  • TORNADOES, spawned as a hurricane moves inland
  • BIOLOGICAL and CHEMICAL HAZARDS dispersed by wind or water

A South Louisiana Guide to Living with Hurricanes, while it contains some dated material, will help you:

  • Understand the risk
  • Prepare yourself and your property to minimize hurricane damage
  • Know when to evacuate, where to go and what to take with you.

The Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness and parish emergency managers have emergency response plans to help residents survive hurricanes. They can help you, but remember…

The person most responsible for your safety and well-being is YOU!


When hurricanes happen, the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) activates a toll-free number for citizen calls. Citizens may dial 866-288-2484 to listen to a recorded message with the most up-to-date information state officials have on the storm, preparations for it and response and recovery efforts.
Those with Internet access may visit www.emergency.la.gov for the latest information.

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