The Atlantic Hurricane season opens next month, June 1. Over the past several years, the Florida Gulf Coast has been fortunate in that no major storms have made landfall on our shores. We have experienced the effects of a few tropical storms – rain, wind, floods, storm surges – but nothing like our northern East Coast cousins have suffered through.
Last October, Tropical Storm Karen threatened, but all we got were some bigger than usual (much bigger) waves. Surfers swarmed the beaches to enjoy the rare phenomenon, and to show off their moves.
The 2014 season storm names are:
I’m particularly interested in Kyle (my son’s name) and Paulette (the name of one of my characters in a collaborative story written with my friend, Lance.) These are either signs for a mild season, or omens we will have a few storms where we’ll have to batten down the hatches.