Petty Officer 1st Class Matthew Dunn and Petty Officer 2nd Class Cody Smith cut and haul away downed trees from a resident’s backyard as part of the volunteer disaster relief crew from Coast Guard Station Panama City, Fla. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Paul Dragin)

Florida 2019 Hurricane Season Opens with Powerful Lessons from Matthew, Irma, Michael

Florida will start the 2019 hurricane season powerfully informed by Matthew’s scary miss of the east coast in 2016, the statewide crushing from Irma in 2017 and Michael’s brutal assault on the Panhandle last year.

Each of those monster storms was different in nature but none devastated a metropolitan area, something forecasters say will happen sooner or later.

Michael was particularly chilling for experts. It gained far more intensity than expected and, making landfall on Oct. 10, came as the June 1 to Nov. 30 hurricane season was winding down.

Read more at Orlando Sentinel

Atlantic Hurricane Season Likely Near Normal, with 30 Percent Chance of Being Worse

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