Thursday, May 7, 2015

First Tropical Storm of the 2015 Atlantic Hurricane Season

This evening the National Hurricane Center issued the first public advisory for the 2015 Atlantic Hurricane Season 23 days before the season officially beings on June 1st. Currently listed as Subtropical Storm Ana. As currently forecast by the NHC the storm is expected to make landfall on the South Carolina Coast Sunday evening before making its way up the East Coast with it expected to be off the tip of Long Island Tuesday evening.

It is a little bit late to begin making plans for protecting chemical facilities from hurricanes (this storm is not forecast to become more than a moderate tropical storm), but I will remind facility owners that flooding, storm surge and high winds are the most common causes of facility damage and flooding predominates the further you are from the coast.

This is forecast to be a relatively mild hurricane season with just 7 named storms, 3 hurricanes and 1 major hurricane predicted for this season. If we are just a little bit lucky we will see another season with no hurricanes landing on the US coast.

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