As we enter the peak weeks of hurricane season, new University of Georgia research explains why some storms don’t fall apart once they make landfall. Andersen and her co-author, Marshall Shepherd, call the phenomenon the “brown ocean.”
The deadliest storm in Georgia history struck the state 120 years ago Tuesday. The 1893 hurricane killed about 2,000 people. But it also was one of the last big storms to hit Georgia. A forecaster says most coastal residents today have no memory of what a similar storm could do.
Federal forecasters are predicting yet another busy hurricane season. Thursday's outlook calls for 13 to 20 named storms, 7 to 11 that strengthen into hurricanes and 3 to 6 that become major hurricanes.
Chatham County residents won't be getting 'voluntary' hurricane evacuations anymore. Emergency management officials there are getting rid of the term 'voluntary' and replacing it with 'early' and 'recommended' evacuations. The meaning hasn't changed. But officials believe the new wording will give residents more urgency as a storm approaches.
The National Hurricane Center shifted Irene’s path eastward Wednesday, moving Georgia out of what’s called the “cone of uncertainty.” Irene now looks to be headed to the Carolinas or perhaps farther north. Officials said the state likely will get some rain, high winds and rough surf as the storm passes.
This year's hurricane season ended without a major storm hitting the United States. Although Haiti and Central America were hit with major storms, the lack of media attention these disasters received leaves some emergency managers worrying about complacency. After all, forecasters predicted a busy tropical season.
Meteorologists are advising beachgoers to stay out of the ocean in the wake of Hurricane Earl passing up the eastern seaboard. The National Weather Service issued a high-surf advisory lasting through Friday morning.