Download the WKRG News 5 2022 Hurricane Guide

ByLance T. Lee

May 30, 2022

MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) – As expected, the 2021 hurricane season turned out to be great and had a major impact on the entire Atlantic Basin. Many benchmarks were set last year in terms of the number of storms and total financial costs. The season produced 21 Named Storms, making it the third most active season on record behind 2020 and 2005. It also marked the second year in a row in which the main roster of 21 names was exhausted. The most powerful hurricane of the year was Hurricane Ida, which hit southeast Louisiana on August 29 and brought in winds of 150 mph. Ida killed 55 people from the Gulf Coast to New England and caused more than $75 billion in damage, making it the fifth costliest storm on record.

The 2021 season has had significant impacts on the Gulf Coast. In June, an EF2 tornado spawned by Tropical Storm Claudette cut a 22-mile path of destruction between East Brewton, Ala. in Castleberry, Ala. Although no deaths were caused by the tornado, 20 people were injured in East Brewton as the storm moved through a mobile home park. In August, a tragedy unfolded in George County, Mississippi. Rain from Hurricane Ida is believed to have contributed to the collapse of Highway 26. On August 29, several cars unknowingly drove over the collapse. Two people were killed and 10 were injured.

Currently, all signs point to another very active season. The Climate Prediction Center, a branch of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, continues to observe clear La Niña patterns with colder than normal sea surface temperatures in the Pacific Equatorial Basin. This global trend is expected to continue for at least the first half of the Atlantic hurricane season. Historically, the presence of La Niña leads to a period of more active tropical activity across the Atlantic Basin. The Colorado State University team predicted 19 named storms for the 2022 season, with nine storms becoming hurricanes and four becoming major hurricanes.

Remember that a seasonal forecast is just a forecast. This shouldn’t affect how you and your household prepare for the upcoming season. We always stress the importance of having a detailed plan for you, your family and your pets. There are some important questions you should ask yourself before the start of the season: Where would I go if an evacuation order were to be issued? Do I live in a flood zone? Do I have easy access to hard and electronic copies of important documents such as insurance forms, medication lists and vehicle information? Do I have all the necessary pieces in place to form a hurricane survival kit? Do I have a plan for my pets if I have to evacuate? Are my important contacts up to date?

Preparation is the key. The last thing anyone wants to do when a storm is approaching is to rush out to stock up and frantically hatch a plan. It just adds stress to an already stressful situation. Having everything prepared in advance can reassure you and ensure that your post-storm process goes more smoothly than it otherwise would.

WKRG News 5 is committed to keeping the Gulf Coast informed and prepared throughout the season. As the saying goes, hope for the best but prepare for the worst.

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That’s what we’re doing as we enter the 2022 hurricane season.

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