June first is the official start of hurricane season.

Preparing for hurricane season this year comes with a twist because we are preparing in a pandemic.

How might sheltering plans and evacuation orders be impacted by COVID-19 concerns?

What is the forecast this season and what may influence storm formation?

Plus life after Hurricane Dorian.

It’s all below in our CBS4 Hurricane 2020: Preparing In A Pandemic.

 

 

THE FORECAST

The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season is predicted to be more active than usual.
Hurricane experts from Colorado State University are predicting 16 named storms, including eight hurricanes.
Four of the hurricanes are forecast to become major storms of Category 3 to 5 with sustained winds of at least 111 mph.
The seasonal average is 12 named storms, including six hurricanes and three major hurricanes.

SHELTERS AND EVACUATIONS

In the event a threatening storm prompts evacuations, shelters and evacuation centers will open in Miami-Dade and Broward counties. But how will that look in the age of social distancing?

CBS4’s Lauren Pastrana spoke to the emergency managers in both counties, to find out what plans are in place to protect those who need to evacuate.

 

PREPARING AT HOME

Evacuation orders apply to roughly about 10% of South Florida residents, which means that the rest of us have to plan ahead in case we have to hunker down at home.

CBS4 Meteorologist Dave Warren reports on what everyone needs to know to prepare for a hurricane in a pandemic.

 

JARED MOSKOWITZ INTERVIEW

Florida Emergency Management Director Jared Moskowitz has been busy coordinating the state’s response to COVID-19 while also getting ready for hurricane season.

CBS4’s Jim DeFede spoke to Moskowitz about having to throw out the old playbook for hurricane preparations and come up with a new one that will work during a pandemic.

 

AN INTERVIEW WITH NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER DIRECTOR

So how does the National Hurricane Center plan for hurricane season amid a global pandemic?

CBS4 Chief Meteorologist Craig Setzer spoke to Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham.

 

COUNTY MAYORS

As if they don’t have enough on their plates with the coronavirus pandemic, local mayors are now faced with leading their communities through yet another hurricane season.

Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez and Broward Mayor Dale Holness are the faces of their respective counties and many people will be looking to them to be the voice of calm in a storm.

CBS4’s Lauren Pastrana spoke with them to get their thoughts on leading in these unprecedented times.

 

DORIAN ONE YEAR LATER

We often hear that it only takes one storm to make it a bad season, especially if that storm happens to hit where you live. That was certainly the case last year with Hurricane Dorian, for our neighbors in the Bahamas.

CBS4 Chief Meteorologist Craig Setzer spoke with Molly McIntosh, the manager of the Bluff House Beach Resort and Marina and longtime resident of Green Turtle Key,  a small Abacos Island, about what she went through and how she and the islands are doing now.

 

HURRICANE 2020: THINGS TO REMEMBER

With the 2020 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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