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COUNTDOWN TO HURRICANE SEASON 2002
National Hurricane Center ^ | May 2002 | President George W. Bush

Posted on 05/18/2002 7:20:15 PM PDT by varina davis

National Hurricane Awareness Week, 2002 By the President of the United States of America A Proclamation

Hurricanes can devastate our communities, endangering thousands of human lives and causing billions of dollars in property damage. Stemming from the ocean, the atmosphere, and heat from the sea, hurricanes bring with them the potential for high winds, tornadoes, torrential rains, flooding, and ocean water storm surges. Their fierce and destructive power requires that we all take steps to reduce our vulnerability to this natural hazard.

According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, an average of ten tropical storms develop annually over the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, and Gulf of Mexico. Every year, an average of six of these storms grow strong enough to become hurricanes. Approximately five hurricanes strike the United States coastline every 3 years. Out of these, two will have winds above 111 miles per hour, qualifying them as major hurricanes. The resulting high winds and high waves can seriously damage homes, businesses, public buildings, and critical infrastructure, and ultimately have the potential to injure people and claim lives.

To help avoid damage and help ensure the public's safety from hurricane hazards, FEMA recommends a variety of preventative steps for both individuals and communities. For example, construction measures can help minimize property destruction. These include installing storm shutters over exposed glass and adding hurricane straps to hold the roof of a structure to its walls and foundation. More complex measures, such as elevating coastal homes and businesses, can further reduce a property's susceptibility. In addition, communities can reduce their vulnerability by adopting wind- and flood-resistant building codes and by implementing sound land-use planning.

More than 50 million people live along hurricane-prone coastlines in the United States, with millions of tourists visiting these areas annually. During National Hurricane Awareness Week, I encourage those who live in coastal areas, as well as all concerned Americans, to be more vigilant in preparing for hurricanes and other natural disasters before they occur. By promoting awareness of hurricane hazards and helping with relief efforts when these powerful storms strike, we can reduce the risks of hurricane damage and help our neighbors recover more quickly from their devastating effects. With preparation, forecasting, and coordination, we can save lives and improve our Nation's ability to withstand the impact of hurricanes.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim May 19 through May 25, 2002, as National Hurricane Awareness Week. I call on government agencies, private organizations, schools, news media, and residents in hurricane-prone areas to share information about hurricane preparedness and response in order to help prevent storm damage and save lives.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this thirteenth day of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand two, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and twenty-sixth.

GEORGE W. BUSH


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This seems pertinent since the tropics are definitely heating up this weekend and the start of the 2002 hurricane season is days away on June 1.

Storm forecasting models are hinting at possible development of tropical disturbance in the south and/or southeast Gulf of Mexico within the next week.

Time for coastal Freepers to get disaster preparations in place for what might be a busy season.

1 posted on 05/18/2002 7:20:16 PM PDT by varina davis
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Yes but what is the list of NAMES?!
2 posted on 05/18/2002 8:01:24 PM PDT by lainie
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To: lainie
Yep. I demand DETAILS. Where are the shelters, when does the evacuation start, how much insurance should I buy? If Bush can't provide these then he has the "blood of innocent hurricane victims on his hands" with this lack of preparedness. I demand an investigation!
3 posted on 05/18/2002 8:05:44 PM PDT by Texasforever
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To: Texasforever
Ahhhh here we are!

Hurricane Basics

List of names for 2002:
Arthur
Bertha
Cristobal
Dolly
Edouard
Fay
Gustav
Hanna
Isidore
Josephine
Kyle
Lili
Marco
Nana
Omar
Paloma
Rene
Sally
Teddy
Vicky
Wilfred

Personally I think they should reconsider that "O" name..

4 posted on 05/18/2002 8:17:24 PM PDT by lainie
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Ain't the Internet great?
5 posted on 05/18/2002 8:17:48 PM PDT by lainie
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To: varina davis
Now if we care only get the local news "scare-casters" to stop crying hurricane every time it rains, we'll be ok.

Personally, I think those afternoon Florida thunderstorms scare all the Yankees : )

6 posted on 05/18/2002 8:22:41 PM PDT by stainlessbanner
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To: Amelia; Teacup; Carolinamom; mykidsmom; kayak
It's bbbaaaacccckkkkk.
7 posted on 05/18/2002 8:23:54 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: lainie
It sure is.
8 posted on 05/18/2002 8:24:29 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: varina davis
Carolina Hurricanes bump. Here's looking at an NC Stanley Cup, and a couple of storms that make Charlotte nervous...
9 posted on 05/18/2002 8:26:53 PM PDT by gcraig
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To: stainlessbanner
...but not enough to send 'em back.
10 posted on 05/18/2002 8:28:49 PM PDT by Orbiter
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To: varina davis

Bush Knew About Hurricane Season But Failed To Act!


11 posted on 05/18/2002 8:32:21 PM PDT by Taxbilly
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To: varina davis
Oh Lord- here we go again. It's either Hurricane Season, Prepare for Hurricane Season, or Hurricane Season is Over But Let's Talk About Past Hurricanes Season! Look- here in N.O. we all know that no matter WHERE the hurricane is off the Coast of Africa it is going to get US! It knows we're here. And they're ALL 'devastating' and 'awesome' even though we don't bother to take our lawn chairs in for less than 75mph winds. The weatherboobs have sensationalized every pathetic little tropical system that holds together long enough to be named SO badly that the adjectives won't mean anything when attached to REAL dangerous storms. And anyone who has lived on the coast long enough knows the ones to worry about.
I'm surprised the roving reporters aren't already lashing themselves to trees to film street signs swaying in 'punishing, unleashed power of nature pounding the vulnerable coastal residents with 45mph winds'! LOL
IMO -if the coast is such a dangerous place to live, and we're all DOOMED, why are we here at all? Shouldn't sensible, caring governmental officials stop all construction, stop luring businesses and residents, and just evacuate all coastal communities permanently? With hurricane season as long as it is, and as much time as they say is needed to evacuate cities like N.O. ahead of a storm, we might just as well abandon the city from May till December!
I'm tired of the sensationalism re. hurricanes. My ancestors were here before there was advance warning of storms,and before there were levees and seawalls. The city didn't get overwhelmed by 30 feet of water then and if we're in WORSE shape now- after billions spent for protection- then living here is an even more stupid idea than the weather gurus say it is.
12 posted on 05/18/2002 8:49:10 PM PDT by ClearBlueSky
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To: stainlessbanner
I know what you mean, but I'd still rather have too many alerts than not enough. Over all, the meteorologists at the National Hurricane Center do a pretty good job -- given the variables of forecasting and the unpredictability of tropical storms.
13 posted on 05/18/2002 8:49:16 PM PDT by varina davis
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To: ClearBlueSky
I wouldn't trade living on the GOM for anything, but it doesn't hurt to at least be somewhat prepared. I wasn't during Elena '85 and learned a lesson. Besides, we weather buffs dearly love pondering the tropics. Stay safe in N.O.
14 posted on 05/18/2002 8:53:09 PM PDT by varina davis
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To: lainie
I remember that it was another Hurricane Bertha in 1996 that got me interested in hurricanes. I lived in California at the time so hurricanes weren't a threat. I now live in Eastern Mass. and my interest is now in what to do if a hurricane hits. By the way, they recycle name every six years unless the storm is severe. The bad ones' names are retired forever.
15 posted on 05/18/2002 8:55:40 PM PDT by baseballfanjm
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To: baseballfanjm
I meant recycle names.
16 posted on 05/18/2002 8:56:15 PM PDT by baseballfanjm
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Forecast calls for major Hurricane Parties!

Forecast for 2002 Forecast

Named Storms (NS) 12
Named Storm Days (NSD) 65
Hurricanes (H) 7
Hurricane Days (HD) 30
Intense Hurricanes (IH) 3
Intense Hurricane Days (IHD) 6
Hurricane Destruction Potential (HDP) 85
Net Tropical Cyclone Activity (NTC) 125

Probabilities for at least one or more major (category 3-4-5) hurricane landfall on each of the following costal areas:

1) Entire U.S. coastline - 75% (average for last century is 52%)
2) U.S. East Coast Including Peninsula Florida - 57% (average for last century is 31%)
3) Gulf Coast from the Florida Panhandle westward to Brownsville - 43% (average for last century is 30%)
4) Expected above-average major hurricane landfall risk in the Caribbean

*7 April 2002 source

17 posted on 05/18/2002 8:58:23 PM PDT by stainlessbanner
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To: Taxbilly
Bush Knew About Hurricane Season But Failed To Act!

Yeah, but there was a hurricane in 1998 and Clinton did not do anything about it.

18 posted on 05/18/2002 9:03:35 PM PDT by Doe Eyes
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To: Howlin;Amelia;Teacup;Carolinamom;mykidsmom;kayak
Well ... at least you have a "season". In San Diego, it's always earthquake season.
19 posted on 05/18/2002 9:04:42 PM PDT by CyberAnt
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To: varina davis
Great, now that this has been posted the Piggly Wiggly is going to run out of bread and milk.
20 posted on 05/18/2002 9:07:28 PM PDT by aomagrat
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To: all
Interesting hurricane site which lists the top 50 cities/islands likely to be hit or affected by a hurricane this year:

Hurricane Probability Site

21 posted on 05/18/2002 9:10:57 PM PDT by FlJoePa
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To: varina davis
Bring it on....


22 posted on 05/18/2002 9:14:14 PM PDT by My Favorite Headache
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To: FlJoePa
Interesting hurricane site

I love Hurricane City - I've been using it for the last four years, and it only gets better every year. One of the best features is the live streaming during land-falling hurricanes.

23 posted on 05/18/2002 9:14:30 PM PDT by mhking
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To: stainlessbanner
2) U.S. East Coast Including Peninsula Florida - 57% (average for last century is 31%)

It's true, Florida might really be a hot target this season. Stay safe Stainless.

24 posted on 05/18/2002 9:21:19 PM PDT by varina davis
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To: varina davis
Living in Florida and having gone through 28 years of these alerts and seasons and having been in about 7 Tropical Storms and 2 maybe 3 hurricanes at the most I can tell you South Florida is LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONG overdue. So is the West coast ala Naples/Ft.Myers. They say Marco Island hasn't been hit because of an Indian prayer that was said years and years ago to protect it. Oddly enough I spoke to an insurance guy the other day and he told me the old folks are praying for a category 3 or 4 to hit the island because they want to collect on the insurance and the city planners want to start from scratch since the Island was built backwards and all wrong.

Methinks there will not be much left of land or anything else after a Cat 4 on Marco. A 5 would destroy and sink it.I was on the fringes of Andrew. Winds got to 110 mph in my front yard sustained for about 45 mins then down to 90 mph for the rest of the night. It was a ride for sure. But little did we know what was going on 30 miles south of us.Amazing days those were. I still say a Hurricane is one of the most intense and beautiful things to witness on this Earth.

25 posted on 05/18/2002 9:22:58 PM PDT by My Favorite Headache
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To: mhking
I remember seeing ole Bob Sheets at a conference on the lessons after Andrew. He said had the storm had a landfall of just 25 miles further north everything would have been leveled from Miami Beach north to Ft.Laud on A1A west past Sawgrass. LEVELED!!!! Can you imagine that arena and mall going through Andrew? All of that chaos in populated cities? Andrew hit in such a sparsely populated area South Florida really lucked out.

I do remember back in what I think was 1998 when there was literally a Hurricane that stretched from the Keys to GA. It was a stong Cat-4 at the time and South Florida was under the gun for sure. Sure enough...cold front. Bye!

Had that hit forget it. Re-building would still be going on.The thing that sticks in my mind now in post-9-11 times...is that would be an ideal time for any terrorist movement in Florida. Because law enforcement is busy doing planning and protecting other parts of the city. Different ball game this time around. On 9-11 this past year I remember a tropical storm was hitting the west coast of Florida and it was like the buried story of the day. Had it been any other day...top story and news.

How would you say the success rate of Hurricane City is?

26 posted on 05/18/2002 9:29:00 PM PDT by My Favorite Headache
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To: varina davis
If a storm approaches Gitmo, I wonder where the gov't will move our guests? They can bring them to SC, we'll give them an appropriate welcome.
27 posted on 05/18/2002 9:30:03 PM PDT by SC Swamp Fox
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To: My Favorite Headache
I agree that hurricanes are awesome to behold. Part of the intrigue is their autonomy --- nature's way of giving us something that none of us can really do anything about.
28 posted on 05/18/2002 9:30:33 PM PDT by varina davis
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To: gcraig
See your #9 and bump to a championship!
29 posted on 05/18/2002 9:32:39 PM PDT by Rebelbase
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To: My Favorite Headache
How would you say the success rate of Hurricane City is?

I would call it VERY successful. Jim (Williams, the webmaster there) has put together a huge batch of tools and he's got one heck of a weather station at his base to work with as well.

30 posted on 05/18/2002 9:35:01 PM PDT by mhking
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To: mhking
Bookmarking this...and will save the hurricane city then. Thanks....
31 posted on 05/18/2002 9:36:22 PM PDT by My Favorite Headache
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To: My Favorite Headache
On 9-11 this past year I remember a tropical storm was hitting the west coast of Florida and it was like the buried story of the day.

That was Tropical Storm Gabrielle and she crossed Florida east to west about the time of 9/11. You're right. Little attention was paid to the weather during that time.

32 posted on 05/18/2002 9:39:37 PM PDT by varina davis
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To: All
Just a reminder of the force of Andrew:


33 posted on 05/18/2002 9:40:20 PM PDT by FlJoePa
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To: varina davis
crossed Florida east to west Ooops! Meant from the Fla. west coast to the east coast!
34 posted on 05/18/2002 9:43:41 PM PDT by varina davis
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To: varina davis
Looks like I have a Floridian up with me tonight
35 posted on 05/18/2002 9:47:17 PM PDT by My Favorite Headache
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To: FlJoePa
I wonder how fast the wind has to be to hurl that piece of wall/roof through the trunk of a tree. Granted, a palm tree isn't exactly hardwood, but still..............
36 posted on 05/18/2002 9:54:51 PM PDT by jimtorr
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To: FlJoePa
Happy 10th Birthday to Andrew...


37 posted on 05/18/2002 10:07:26 PM PDT by My Favorite Headache
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To: My Favorite Headache

38 posted on 05/18/2002 10:09:56 PM PDT by My Favorite Headache
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To: My Favorite Headache

39 posted on 05/18/2002 10:12:39 PM PDT by My Favorite Headache
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To: varina davis
Why doesn't he just make hurricanes illegal? (sarcasm)
40 posted on 05/18/2002 10:31:24 PM PDT by sneakypete
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To: Texasforever
Yep. I demand DETAILS. Where are the shelters,

Over there. No,the "other" there.

when does the evacuation start,

Soon.

how much insurance should I buy?

All of it. Put it in my name.

41 posted on 05/18/2002 10:33:50 PM PDT by sneakypete
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To: sneakypete
Thaanks for clearing that up. I can rest easy now. lol
42 posted on 05/18/2002 10:36:50 PM PDT by Texasforever
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To: aomagrat
Great, now that this has been posted the Piggly Wiggly is going to run out of bread and milk.

milk....bread......toilet paper
milk....bread......toilet paper
milk....bread......toilet paper

Yes I'm a former east-coaster

43 posted on 05/18/2002 11:28:00 PM PDT by lainie
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To: Doe Eyes
"Yeah, but there was a hurricane in 1998 and Clinton did not do anything about it."

No. Clinton bombed a weather station in Afghanistan.

44 posted on 05/18/2002 11:35:08 PM PDT by Taxbilly
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To: ClearBlueSky
Don't knock it. Just buy November FCOJ straddles on the New York Board of Trade. Do it every year at this time and you'll WAY more than pay for any damage a hurricane **might** do to your home.
45 posted on 05/19/2002 12:38:01 AM PDT by SAJ
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To: varina davis
Here on the South Coast I'm ready.

Hurricane supplies are as follows: 30 gallons of water; an entire truckload of sand bags; 10 sheets of 3/4" plywood; case of duct tape; a pallet of toilet paper and paper towels; a pallet of varied canned goods; mostly beans, rice, vienna sausage, spam, bread, powdered milk; plenty of home-grown veggies that most likely will not be blown away in a storm; 4 45# forklift propane tanks with appropriate adaptor for outdoor grill; 45kw Diesel generator; 150 gallons of No. 2 Diesel fuel; 55 gallons 100 octane unleaded gasoline in sealed drum; a case of vodka and half a dozen bottles of bloody mary mix; 12 cases of beer; 100 lbs of dogfood, 50 lbs of cat food; all our combined rifles, shotguns and pistols and lots of ammo for each; numerous extra pairs of glasses; prescriptions fully refilled each month on the first; a dozen rosaries, Bibles, prayer books; couple boxes of assorted AAA through D cell batteries and extras for cameras, hearing aids, laptops and cell phones; 2 radios including one shortwave; 3 CO2 bottles and dry ice making apparatus; 5 32 qt ice chests.

We stay in our warehouse/shop with built in living quarters. I don't believe that much can happen to collapsing the building by way of tearing down the structural support beams; it'd just tear the tin off, and the inside structure is iron beamed with insides just like a house, except no windows. A house inside a way bigger building, basically. There's enough here to support 15 people (all my immediate family) for 30 days. More people can be supported if they add their supplies too. The day before a 'cane is definitely going to hit, we cook most of all the meat in the reefers and deep freezes and keep it good with the dry ice. It doesn't go uneaten. This area hasn't been hit by a really bad one since '57 (Aubrey) so the infrastructure and buildings will go to the drink when one does. If we survive it, we will be able to support ourselves. Evacuation is not an option. Our entire family lives here as well is our business. We will all die together/survive together and we have to protect ourselves and life investment as well as others who can't protect themselves or those who have left town during a post-disaster situation. Last time a tornado touched down and caused damage it promoted looting and rioting, including the theft of about $75k in equipment and product from our business alone. We ride the 'canes out. Either it gets us or it doesn't.

46 posted on 05/19/2002 7:44:34 AM PDT by roachie
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To: lainie
Many of the hurricane names for this year appear to be Hispanic. Is it a plot? Is it discriminatory?

Personally, I think they should go back to just using girl's names for the storms. Andrew, Floyd, Hugo...these boys are BAD!

47 posted on 05/19/2002 8:59:05 AM PDT by Amelia
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To: CyberAnt
In San Diego, it's always earthquake season.

Yeah, they do give us time to evacuate. Of course, for Floyd, we spent hours packing our stuff & boarding up (we were living in a mobile home at the coast at the time, didn't expect to have anything left there if it hit as predicted), hours in a traffic jam evacuating, and then could have stayed home as what actually made landfall was equivalent to your average summer storm. Then had to make up the 'storm days' at the end of the school year.

OTOH, I saw what HUGO did, and there's no way I want to try riding out a big storm! :)

48 posted on 05/19/2002 9:05:35 AM PDT by Amelia
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To: roachie
Now that is really preparedness! Sounds like you have everything under control no matter what happens.
49 posted on 05/19/2002 9:57:22 AM PDT by varina davis
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To: gcraig
Hey folks! These hurricanes ruin Fuerher Glendenning's terrorist cries of "Drought" in his rights-removal program.

Each one of these lovely hurricanes drops at least three days of soaking rains here on Maryland!

The back of me hand and the International Salute to Fuerher G the Intolerable.

50 posted on 05/19/2002 12:21:04 PM PDT by doberville
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