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National Hurricane Conference held in Orlando as season nears

1,500 attendees from around the country attending event
Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Jose, Sept. 7, 2017
Posted at 3:32 PM, Apr 13, 2022
and last updated 2022-04-13 18:33:21-04

ORLANDO, Fla. — Hurricane season may still be more than a month away, but experts say now is the time to get your family prepared.

First Alert Chief Meteorologist Steve Weagle is attending the National Hurricane Conference in Orlando, which is being held April 11-14 at the Rosen Centre Hotel.

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The conference website said more than 1,500 attendees from around the country are in attendance, covering all major aspects of hurricane preparedness, response and recovery.

With supply chain problems and inflation, residents are advised to prepare sooner rather than later.

During the pandemic, thousands of people moved to South Florida.

For some people, it may be their first hurricane season.

WPTV spoke to the Palm Beach County Emergency Management Director Mary Blakeney about what residents need to know as storm season approaches.

She breaks preparation down into the following four steps:

  • Make a plan
  • Build a hurricane kit
  • Be informed
  • Get involved with your neighbors

At the expo center, attendees will find everything they need to do to prepare for and recover from a storm.

Forts Services based in Coconut Creek can build temporary structures that can be used for multiple purposes.

Their products were used to help victims of Hurricane Ida, which hit New Orleans last year.

Forts Services' products also assisted victims and rescue workers after the Surfside condo collapse last year.

A team of three people can set up one of their structures in about 15 minutes.

Forecasters at Colorado State University announced last week they are predicting 19 storms this hurricane season, two fewer than last year.

Of those storms, nine are expected to become hurricanes, and four of them will likely be major.

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1:29 PM, Dec 17, 2018

2022 STORM NAMES

Alex

Bonnie

Colin

Danielle

Earl

Fiona

Gaston

Hermine

Ian

Julia

Karl

Lisa

Martin

Nicole

Owen

Paula

Richard

Shary

Tobias

Virginie

Walter

TERMS TO KNOW

TROPICAL STORM WATCH: An announcement that tropical storm conditions (sustained winds of 39 to 73 mph) are possible within the specified coastal area within 48 hours.

TROPICAL STORM WARNING: An announcement that tropical storm conditions (sustained winds of 39 to 73 mph) are expected within the specified coastal area within 36 hours.

HURRICANE WATCH: An announcement that hurricane conditions (sustained winds of 74 mph or higher) are possible somewhere within the specified coastal area. A hurricane watch is issued 48 hours in advance of the anticipated onset of tropical-storm-force winds.

HURRICANE WARNING: An announcement that hurricane conditions (sustained winds of 74 mph or higher) are expected somewhere within the specified coastal area. A hurricane warning is issued 36 hours in advance of the anticipated onset of tropical-storm-force winds.