Hurricane Season 2012
 
 
 
 
Lite 96.1 WEJZ wants to make sure that you and your family are safe and prepared during the 2013 Hurricane Season. To help with this, we have provided a checklist with information on developing a family plan, supplies you would need during a disaster, how to plan for an evacuation, a chance to WIN an Emergency Eton Radio and what do to after the storm. Click on the link below to print off your own PDF checklist.
 

The 2013 Atlantic hurricane season will be an event in the annual cycle of tropical cyclone formation. The season will officially begin on June 1 and end on November 30, dates that conventionally delimit the period of each year when most tropical cyclones develop in the Atlantic basin. However, the formation of tropical cyclones is possible at any time, and were a tropical cyclone to form before June 1, it would still be counted as part of the 2013 season.

The season is being forecast to be relatively tame. Forecasters seem to agree mostly that there is a probability of 12 named storms and out of the 12 named storms, seven possibly will develop into hurricanes.

Out of the seven hurricanes, three of these are being predicted to be "major" hurricanes in scope with winds sustaining 111 mph or more. This would place them at a minimum at Category 3 status on the Saffir-Simpson scale.

Click here to see the Saffir-Simpson Scale

Also, below are links and information provided to help keep you informed and safe. Check back often as information will be provided when available. For the lastest updated information, visit the National Hurricane Center web site at nhc.noaa.gov.
   
 
Important Numbers & Links
FEMA: 1.800.621.FEMA
Red Cross: 904.358.8091; northeastfloridaredcross.org
JEA: 904.665.7220
Florida Power and Light: 1.800.4.OUTAGE
US Army Corp of Engineers: 1.800.291.9405
Florida Division of Emergency Management: 850.413.9969
The Blood Alliance: 888.447.1479
 
For more information on disaster supply kits, visit ready.gov or Northeast Florida Red Cross.
Hurricane Categories
Category One
Winds 74-95 mph. Storm surge generally 4-5 ft above normal. No real damage to building structures. Damage primarily to unanchored mobile homes, shrubbery, and trees. Some damage to poorly constructed signs. Also, some coastal road flooding and minor pier damage.
Category Two
Winds 96-110 mph. Storm surge generally 6-8 feet above normal. Some roofing material, door, and window damage of buildings. Considerable damage to shrubbery and trees with some trees blown down. Considerable damage to mobile homes, poorly constructed signs, and piers. Coastal and low-lying escape routes flood 2-4 hours before arrival of the hurricane center. Small craft in unprotected anchorages break moorings.
Category Three
Winds 111-130 mph. Storm surge generally 9-12 ft above normal. Some structural damage to small residences and utility buildings with a minor amount of curtainwall failures. Damage to shrubbery and trees with foliage blown off trees and large trees blown down. Mobile homes and poorly constructed signs are destroyed. Low-lying escape routes are cut by rising water 3-5 hours before arrival of the center of the hurricane. Flooding near the coast destroys smaller structures with larger structures damaged by battering from floating debris. Terrain continuously lower than 5 ft above mean sea level may be flooded inland 8 miles (13 km) or more. Evacuation of low-lying residences with several blocks of the shoreline may be required.
Category Four
Winds 131-155 mph. Storm surge generally 13-18 ft above normal. More extensive curtainwall failures with some complete roof structure failures on small residences. Shrubs, trees, and all signs are blown down. Complete destruction of mobile homes. Extensive damage to doors and windows. Low-lying escape routes may be cut by rising water 3-5 hours before arrival of the center of the hurricane. Major damage to lower floors of structures near the shore. Terrain lower than 10 ft above sea level may be flooded requiring massive evacuation of residential areas as far inland as 6 miles.
Category Five
Winds greater than 155 mph. Storm surge generally greater than 18 ft above normal. Complete roof failure on many residences and industrial buildings. Some complete building failures with small utility buildings blown over or away. All shrubs, trees, and signs blown down. Complete destruction of mobile homes. Severe and extensive window and door damage. Low-lying escape routes are cut by rising water 3-5 hours before arrival of the center of the hurricane. Major damage to lower floors of all structures located less than 15 ft above sea level and within 500 yards of the shoreline. Massive evacuation of residential areas on low ground within 5-10 miles of the shoreline may be required.
Hurricane Names
Alberto
Beryl
Chris
Debby
Ernesto
Florence
Gordon
Helene
Isaac
Joyce
Kirk
Leslie
Michael
Nadine
Oscar
Patty
Rafael
Sandy
Tony
Valerie
William
Evacuation Routes
DUVAL COUNTY -
North of Atlantic Boulevard: Drive south and turn right on to Atlantic Boulevard, proceed to State Route 9A across the Dames Point Bridge (Broward Bridge).

Between Atlantic and Beach Boulevard: Drive south and turn right on to Beach Boulevard, proceed to Hart Expressway to Interstate 95 to Interstate 10 or points westward.

Between Beach and J. Turner Butler Boulevard: Drive south and turn right on to J. Turner Butler Boulevard, proceed to Interstate 95 or points westward.

* If approaches to Atlantic Boulevard Bridge flood, traffic will be rerouted to Beach Boulevard.
* If approaches to Beach Boulevard Bridge flood, traffic will be rerouted to J. Turner Butler Boulevard.
* Jacksonville Sheriff's Office will be routing to pre-established evacuation routes.

NASSAU COUNTY -
All Coastal Areas: Proceed North or South to Atlantic Avenue or Sadler Road to A1A(SR 200), proceed west to U.S. 17, I 95, U.S. 1 or U.S. 301. Depending on the direction of the storm and potential landfall, turn North or South on the above referenced routes. To establish distance as an additional safety factor, continue on A1A (SR 200) to I 10 for points westward.

ST. JOHNS COUNTY -
Ponte Vedra Beach/Sawgrass: North on State Road A1A, turn left onto J.Turner Butler Boulevard, proceed to Interstate 95 or points westward.

Palm Valley Area: Proceed southeast to State Road 210, proceed to Interstate 95 or points westward.

On coast, halfway between Mickler's Landing and South Ponte Vedra Beach:
North on State Route A1A, turn left onto J. Turner Butler Boulevard, proceed to Interstate 95 or points westward.

On coast from South Ponte Verde Beach to Vilano Beach: South on State Route A1A, turn right and proceed west across Vilano Bridge, continue west on State Route 16 to Interstate 95 or points westward.


St. Augustine (Mainland): North on U.S. 1, turn left onto State Road 16 or proceed southwest on State Road 207 or south on U.S. 1, proceed to Interstate 95 or points westward.

St. Augustine (On Davis Shores, Anastasia Island south to St. Augustine Alligator Farm): State Road A1A, proceed west across Bridge of Lion, to U.S. 1 North or U.S. 1 South, and/or to State Road 16, or State Road 207 to Interstate 95 or points westward.

SOUTH OF ST. AUGUSTINE -
Alligator Farm to area at South intersection of State Road 3 and State Road A1A, including City of St. Augustine Beach: Nearest route to State Road 312, proceed west across Mickler-O'Connell Bridge to U.S. 1 across State Road 312 extension to State Road 207, proceed west to Interstate 95 or points westward.

South of intersection of State Road 3 and State Road A1A to Crescent Beach: South on State Road A1A to Crescent Beach, turn right on State Road 206, proceed across Crescent Beach Bridge to U.S. 1, proceed to Interstate 95 or points westward.

Crescent Beach to Flagler County Line: North on State Road A1A to Crescent Beach, turn left on State Road 206, proceed across Crescent Beach Bridge to U.S. 1, proceed to Interstate 95 or points westward.

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