June first is the official start of hurricane season although Subtropical Storm Alberto brought us an early unofficial at the end of May.
A year ago, South Florida was dealing with Hurricane Irma and its aftermath. Flooding, power outages, and mass amounts of people fleeing the path of the storm.
So what lessons did you learn from Hurricane Irma?
History has shown we can count on a few things whenever a hurricane comes knocking on our shores. There will be a run on water, plywood, generator, batteries and canned goods but what can you or others do better to be prepared?
In Hurricane 2018: Learning From Irma, CBS4 News takes a hard look at the lessons learned from Irma especially in the Florida Keys.
CBS4’s David Sutta explains in this video.
KNOW YOUR EVACUATION ZONE
One of the keys to being properly prepared for a storm is to “Know Your Zone”. As Irma approached, Miami-Dade County emergency managers told tens of thousands of people to evacuated. Some thought they could have done a better job getting out that message. CBS4’s Lauren Pastrana reports on what officials will do differently next time.
STORM SEASON FORECAST
So what should we expect this hurricane season? CBS4 Chief Meteorologist Craig Setzer has more on the storm season forecasts and what it all means.
PREPARATION IS KEY
Being prepared is critical to surviving a hurricane. No one knows that better than South Florida’s emergency responders. That’s why each year, before the season starts, the Miami-Dade Emergency Operations Center holds it’s annual hurricane drill.
CBS4 Meteorologist Dave Warren was there.
If there was a single tragedy that defined Hurricane Irma, it was the deaths of at least a dozen people, after the loss of power knocked out the air conditioning at the Hollywood Hills Nursing Home. Has anything changed?
CBS4’s Jim DeFede covered the nursing home tragedy last year and went back looking for answers.
Your pets are members of your family. Don’t leave them out of your hurricane plans. Just as you would have a plan for protecting the lives of your loved ones, you need to have a plan in place to make sure your pets are safe should you have to leave your home.
Across the Caribbean, recovery is still underway from the 2017 hurricane season. Before making landfall, Irma bashed Cuba as a category 5 storm packing 160 mile an hour winds. The Virgin Islands also sustained severe damage. Then came Hurricane Maria which slammed into the tiny island of Dominica. Maria is regarded as the worst natural disaster on record in both Dominica and Puerto Rico.
CBS4’s Eliott Rodriguez has the emotional story of one family forced to leave their home on the island to come to South Florida.
PREPARING YOUR HOME
As we prepare for this hurricane season there are lessons we can learn from last season. CBS4’s David Sutta asked a team of hurricane damage inspectors to share what hurricane preps worked and what didn’t. What we found was surprising, especially for those of you who have impact resistant windows.
PREPARING YOUR BOAT
South Florida boat owners need to know the do’s and don’ts to securing your vessel before a storm
CBS4 Chief Meteorologist Craig Setzer has more on that and the lessons boat owners learned from Hurricane Irma.
After last year’s hyperactive season, does the mere thought of a hurricane coming to South Florida stress you out?
If you went through Irma and are suffering from hurricane anxiety, you are not alone.
CBS4 Meteorologist Dave Warren talked to an expert about how to cope with it.
Hurricane insurance, before and after a storm, is always an issue. Dulce Suarez-Resnick from NCF Insurance Associates talks about the issues many people face.
RADIO PERSONALITY BILL BECKER
When the leading edge of Hurricane Irma struck the Florida Keys, it almost immediately knocked out power, leaving residents in the Keys without access to information from the internet or television.
But thanks to a man behind a microphone at a radio station, they were not alone.
Here’s Jim DeFede.
Hurricanes put a great deal of stress on many of the things we need most like power and cell phone usage. Hurricane Irma proved to be quite a challenge for Florida Power and Light. In fact, Irma was the most stressful test of FP&L’s power grid.
CBS4 Chief Meteorologist Craig Setzer has more on that.
Home generator safety is key to surviving after a storm. Here’s CBS4 Meteorologist Lissette Gonzalez.
The National Hurricane Center has a new director. Ken Graham has been on the job since April 1st. Prior to that, he led the National Weather Service’s New Orleans area forecast office.
CBS4 Chief Meteorologist Craig Setzer sat down with Ken to talk about hurricane season and the important role he now holds.
HURRICANE 2018: THINGS TO REMEMBER
With the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season underway, remember you can never be too prepared for a storm. From your home to your pets to your precious heirlooms, it’s better to get things ready now than wait until it’s too late and a storm is taking aim at the area.
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