So Local Pasco, January 13th, 2016 Podcast…El Nino Preparedness Edition

Having lived here for over forty years, I have seen just about every kind of weather we get.  Although we have not had a proper direct hit from a hurricane, we have had a few close calls, and one ferocious winter storm in March of 93 that most of us will never forget.  Preparedness will save you grief, and quite possibly your life!

So, it’s unusual to see a story like this one:  The National Weather Service, and Pasco Emergency Officials, are urging Pasco County residents to review, update, and prepare severe weather action plans.

This is due to the El Nino weather phenomenon, which I explain (very simply!) in the podcast, today.    This past summer, and in 2012, West Pasco County was hit with unprecedented flooding from rainfall…And we are likely to see these heavy rains again, this winter and spring, which is outside of our normal pattern, and bears watching.

The slow, agonizing track of TS Debby from 2012. Pasco County received over 2 FEET of rain in the three days she was passing us by.
The slow, agonizing track of TS Debby from 2012. Pasco County received over 2 FEET of rain in the three days she was passing us by.

 

Flooding along Kentucky Avenue, downtown New Port Richey, during TS Debby in 2012.
Flooding along Kentucky Avenue, downtown New Port Richey, during TS Debby in 2012. That is an intersection.
Flooding was widespread and severe during Debby, and again in 2015. This photo is from Country Club Estates, Hudson. Water from this neighborhood drains through a single pipe to Bear Creek, which was nearly over the road near the Walmart on U.S. 19 at Clock Tower Parkway.
Flooding was widespread and severe during Debby, and again in 2015. This photo is from Country Club Estates, Hudson. Water from this neighborhood drains through a single pipe to Bear Creek, which was out of the banks, and nearly over the road near the Walmart on U.S. 19 at Clock Tower Parkway.

For more information on preparedness, go the Pasco County Emergency Management webpage, by clicking the logo below:

This new logo will replace the one we have been using in Pasco County for decades...Expect to see it on county vehicles soon.
Click on the logo to access the Pasco County Emergency Management webpage, where you can download their excellent disaster prep guide.

You can also visit the National Weather Service page, below, for current warnings and weather information..Simply click on the logo to go there:

Click THIS link to visit the National Weather Service page for Tampa Bay.
Click THIS link to visit the National Weather Service page for Tampa Bay.

Now, I save my favorite link for last.  If you, like me, want people to be in AWE of your weather information skills, visit Tropicwx by clicking the green text or the image, below.  This page is a WALL of weather maps and information!  Check out the screen shot, below:

IMAGINE the stares and wonder, when they see this page open on your computer!
IMAGINE the stares and wonder, when they see this page open on your computer!

So, here’s the important stuff:

Have a plan.
Watch the weather, FREQUENTLY.
Have a plan.
Did I mention having a PLAN, yet?

~Greg

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