Revised Hurricane Outlook Doesn’t Change Local Plan

Harris County’s top emergency manager says he won’t change anything about the local plan just because government forecasters have scaled-back their hurricane season predictions. Jack Williams reports.

Emergency Management Coordinator Mark Sloan says he’s not sleeping any better just because the National Oceanic
and Atmospheric now expects 7 to 11 named storms, down from between 9-14 storms that had earlier been predicted.

“We have to be prepared for that one storm that’s going to impact our area. If they tell us there’s going to be 15
storms and a more active season, it’s not any different to us if they tell us there’s only going to be five.”

Sloan says just because there hasn’t been any significant movement in the tropics yet doesn’t mean a storm couldn’t
pop-up at anytime.

“The storm season varies from year to year. Mother Nature is going to do what she does. Storms can pop-up in the
Gulf of Mexico pretty quickly, and we have to be prepared for those and then we also monitor what’s happening
in the Atlantic as they move across, so we’re always monitoring and are prepared for anything that we might face.”  

NOAA now says it expects a normal or below normal hurricane season, which officially runs through November.

For more information, visit the Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management website or the Harris County Flood District website.


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