Are You Prepared? The 2016 Central Pacific Hurricane Season Has Begun
The 2016 Central Pacific Hurricane Season officially began on Wednesday, June 1, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicts the 2016 hurricane season (which runs through November 30) will be near- or above-normal.
On average, the Central Pacific sees four to five tropical cyclones during hurricane season. This year, NOAA forecasts four to seven tropical cyclones, which includes tropical depressions, tropical storms, and hurricanes.
Last year, the busy 2015 Central Pacific Hurricane Season saw an unprecedented 15 tropical cyclones active in the Central Pacific, two of which reached Category 4 concurrently and were part of a historic Central and Eastern Pacific outbreak. Of the named tropical cyclones that formed during the season, eight became hurricanes (five of which were major hurricanes: Hilda, Kilo, Ignacio, Jimena, and Olaf).
Both NOAA and PDC encourage everyone to be prepared for possible emergencies. The time to assemble or recheck and update your emergency supply kit is now, not when a hurricane has already become a threat. You can find information for developing a Family Disaster Plan and guidance on building a Disaster Supply Kit on the PDC website.
As the hurricane season gets underway, keep yourself informed with daily observations and forecasts via PDC’s Weather Wall, where Tropical Cyclone Activity Reports for the Pacific and Indian Oceans and Atlantic Basin, Caribbean Sea, and Gulf of Mexico are published throughout the season. Access the latest information via PDC’s Global Hazards Atlas, or with the Disaster Alert mobile application. If you are an emergency manager or humanitarian assistance practitioner and would like access to PDC’s Emergency Operations (EMOPS) platform, powered by DisasterAWARE, click here.
June 1 also marked the start of the 2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season, which runs through November 30. For NOAA’s Atlantic Outlook, click here.
This Week in Hazards:
- Severe weather conditions throughout the week have affected France and Germany. As of June 1, more than 650 people in France were evacuated and 350 homes damaged in central and northern parts of the country (ECHO). Weather warnings remain in effect for these areas, especially in Seine-et-Marne, where ‘very large floods’ are possible (MeteoAlarm). In Germany, heavy rainfall triggered flooding and landslides in southern parts of the country, especially in the region of Schwäbisch Hall (CEDIM).
- Ongoing drought conditions have led officials in Perú to declare a State of Emergency for seven provinces in the Apurímac region (PAHO). Water shortages caused by irregular and sporadic rainfall associated with El Niño weather patterns have damaged or destroyed more than 50,000 hectares of agricultural land, posing a threat to the food security of vulnerable populations and impacting the economy (ANDINA).
Current Hazard Warnings
Flood: France, United States (Texas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Wyoming), Kenya, Germany, Tanzania
Extreme Temperature: India
Drought: Micronesia, Melanesia, South/Southeast Asia, the Americas (United States, Perú)
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