Hurricane season 2013 started June 1 and it took just days for the first official tropical storm to develop in the Gulf of Mexico.
Tropical Storm Andrea is the first named storm of the 2013 hurricane season and tropical storm warnings are posted along coastal areas from Florida to southern Virginia, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami.
The Baltimore may see some rain—two to three inches, in some parts—from this tropical storm system Friday and this weekend, but it is highly unlikely that the storm will directly hit this area, according to the National Hurricane Center's projections.
The storm is currently projected to make landfall in Florida, then move off the coast over Virginia.
Hurricane Season 2013 Predictions
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in late May predicted an "active" hurricane season with the Atlantic seeing three to six "major hurricanes" before the season ends in November.
- Thirteen to 20 named storms (winds of 39 mph or higher)
- Of those 13 to 20 storms, the outlook says seven to 11 could become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher), including 3 to 6 major hurricanes (Category 3, 4 or 5; winds of 111 mph or higher).
"These ranges are well above the seasonal average of 12 named storms, 6 hurricanes and 3 major hurricanes," according to NOAA's advisory staff.
Hurricane Preparedness and Tips
Before the hurricane, residents should:
- Buy extra water. One gallon of water per person (and pet) per day is recommended for drinking and sanitation.
- Buy an extra bag (or cans) of food for your pet.
- Withdraw some extra cash from your bank or ask for cash back at a grocery store so you can make purchases in case there are power outages.
- Review your infant and young children supplies essential to you as a parent or someone who may be taking care of a young child.
- Pickup an extra package or two of the most commonly used batteries in your home.
- Purchase extra over-the-counter medicines such as aspirin or children's medications you frequently use.
- Clear leaves from storm drain.
- Charge your cell phone, tablet, or laptop.
- Follow developments in Cecil County on the department of emergency services website. There, you can also sign up for alerts to be sent to your phone in case pf emergency or evacuation.
More on the 2013 Hurricane Season
- Hurricane Names for 2013 Season