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Atlantic Hurricane Season

EOC Scheduled to Reopen After COVID Closure

EOC Scheduled to Reopen After COVID Closure

Florida’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is scheduled to reopen today after a recent closure due to 12 positive COVID-19 tests among its personnel.  The state Division of Emergency Management began testing EOC personnel about three weeks ago as part of its precautionary measures.  When 12 of the 150 employees tested positive, the EOC quickly moved […]

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Hurricane Season Begins as COVID-19 Uncertainty Continues

Hurricane Season Begins as COVID-19 Uncertainty Continues

June 1 marks the official start of the Atlantic Hurricane Season, although tropical storms Arthur and Bertha chose to not follow arbitrary calendar dates. Forecasters warn that the United States will have a more active hurricane season than usual this year. This prediction would cause concerns in any year. This is especially the case in […]

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Florida Reevaluates Hurricane Response Plans Due to COVID-19

Florida Reevaluates Hurricane Response Plans Due to COVID-19

Florida’s Division of Emergency Management is revisiting hurricane response plans in light of the potential continuing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.  The Atlantic Hurricane Season begins in a little over a month, so the state faces a likelihood that its hurricane response efforts might need to be adjusted this year compared to prior years. In […]

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Florida Spared Significant Hurricane Activity in 2019

Florida Spared Significant Hurricane Activity in 2019

The 2019 Atlantic Hurricane Season has come to a close with little direct impact on Florida. This is welcomed relief after most areas of the state experienced damage in at least one of the three preceding years. The relative lack of hurricane activity in Florida this year might have more to do with luck than […]

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East Coast Remains on High Alert

East Coast Remains on High Alert

Hurricane Dorian’s slow forward movement and uncertain path continue to keep Florida on high alert, particularly on the east coast. Last week, Dorian was a tropical storm that appeared as if it might stall and never gain hurricane strength. Models also varied widely in their guesses as to the storm’s future direction. Dorian overcame this […]

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