PEARL – The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency wants to remind residents that while Tropical Storm Andrea is not forecast to affect the state, they should continue preparing for what is forecast to be an active hurricane season.
“As Tropical Storm Andrea makes landfall in Florida today, bringing as much as 10 inches of rain, we are reminded that some of the greatest risks associated with named storms are torrential rainfall and inland flooding,” said MEMA Director Robert Latham. “We are only six days into the official hurricane season and already have a named storm. Planning before a storm is essential, and can save your life.”
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicted 13 to 20 named storms, with seven to 11 of them becoming hurricanes. NOAA also says that three to six could become major hurricanes.
“We have to remember that it only takes one to impact our state. Have the conversation with your family now about your hurricane plan,” added Latham.
Last year during Hurricane Isaac, hundreds of citizens had to be rescued as a result of rising water. Heavy rains and storm surge will almost always be associated with tropical systems resulting in high water. Once tropical storm force winds begin, first responders may not be able reach stranded citizens as a result of rising water.
For more information about emergency preparedness, visit www.msema.org.
The public is encouraged to follow MEMA on Twitter and Facebook for updates.