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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service New York NY
605 AM EDT Sun May 9 2021

...National Hurricane Preparedness Week is May 9 to May 15...
...Determine Your Risk...

Find out today what types of wind and water hazards could happen
where you live, and then start preparing now for how to handle them.

Hurricanes are not just a coastal problem.  Their impacts can be
felt hundreds of miles inland. They bring many hazards, including
storm surge along the coast, inland flooding due to heavy rainfall,
tornadoes, strong wind, rip currents and large waves.

Last season was recording breaking with 30 named storms, including
13 hurricanes, 6 of which were major hurricanes. Twelve storms made
landfall in the U.S. The greatest impacts came from category 4
Hurricane Laura, which made landfall along the southwest Louisiana
coast just after midnight on August 27th.

The local area was impacted by two tropical storms in 2020, Fay on
July 10th, and Isaias on August 4th. During Isaias, thousands of
trees were downed, as well as power lines, resulting in nearly 2
million power outages across the tri-state area. The most memorable
system in the last 10 years was Sandy in 2012. More than 50 people
lost their lives in the area due to a life threatening storm surge.
There were more than a million people evacuated and more than 3
million power outages, some for as long a 2 weeks. The last major
hurricane to impact the area was Hurricane Carol in 1954 and before
that the 1938 Long Island Express.

These storms remind us that it just takes one storm to make it a bad
hurricane season for your community. In addition, storms like Sandy,
Irene, and Isaias were not classified as major hurricanes, but
still had significant impacts.

Don`t suffer from hurricane amnesia and be complacent this hurricane
season. Be prepared and visit hurricanes.gov and
ready.gov/hurricanes. While preparing for the upcoming hurricane
season, follow the latest health guidelines from the CDC and your
local officials.

The next statement will focus on Developing an Evacuation Plan.

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