For Immediate Release - June 04, 2013

MASSACHUSETTS ENTERS 2013 HURRICANE SEASON

FRAMINGHAM, MA - To help increase public awareness of the effects hurricanes and tropical storms can have on the Commonwealth and the preparedness steps we all must take, over the next fourteen weeks the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) will again be disseminating important information to ensure the continued safety of our citizens and property.

“In 2012, we witnessed the destructive power of Hurricane Sandy in neighboring states immediately to our south, as Massachusetts was fortunate to be spared the worst of that storm,” stated MEMA Director Kurt Schwartz. “As we enter the hurricane season, with forecasts of above average Atlantic hurricane activity, we must continually prepare for the region’s next major storm.”

MEMA will be continually promoting Hurricane Preparedness through weekly news releases highlighting key issues relative to the New England Hurricane Season.  In addition, there will continue to be workshops, exercises and drills to help local officials prepare. Important Hurricane Preparedness information will be available on the MEMA website at www.mass.gov/mema, Facebook and Twitter pages.  Topics will include Massachusetts’ Hurricane History, Preparedness Tips for Families, Home Owners, Pet Owners, Boaters, Businesses, Inland Residents, as well as information about New Technologies, Sheltering-In-Place and Evacuation.

Although the Hurricane Season in New England is defined as June 1st to November 30th, 75% of the 40 tropical systems that have impacted our region in the past century have struck during the months of August and September.  The last severe hurricane to hit Massachusetts was Hurricane Bob in August 1991.  Bob, a Category 2 Hurricane, with winds between 91 and 110mph, caused almost $1 billion in damage, at the time.  More recently, Hurricanes Edouard (1996), Bonnie (1998) and Bill (2009) threatened the Bay State, but veered out into the Atlantic as they traveled up the coast. 

In 1999, Hurricane Floyd, although weakened to the strength of a tropical storm prior to its arrival in New England, demonstrated that these storms are not merely ‘coastal events’. Most of that storm’s impact was rain and flood related, causing severe damage as far west as the Berkshires.

As with Tropical Storm Irene, some of our most devastating flooding associated with these storms has occurred in Central and Western Massachusetts – up to 17” of rain fell in association with the Hurricane of 1938 and 25” of rain fell over a 5-day period in August 1955 from Connie & Diane, with the City of Westfield received 13.15” in a single day!

This demonstrates that the entire Commonwealth should take the proper Hurricane Season precautions.

Southern New England lies in the unenviable position of receiving all three “Hurricane Threats”, depending upon the track and landfall location: 1) Coastal inundation due to storm surge 2) Widespread inland river flooding and 3) Widespread wind damage far inland.

 

SCHEDULE OF “HURRICANE SEASON” TOPICS

 

Week of June 3 – Beginning of Hurricane Season

Week of June 10 – New England Hurricanes of Note

Week of June 17 – Family Hurricane Preparedness

Week of June 24 – Preparing Your Home for a Hurricane

Week of July 1 – Power Outages during a Hurricane

Week of July 8 – Evacuation for a Hurricane

Week of July 15 – Sheltering in Place during a Hurricane

Week of July 22 – Cape Cod Emergency Traffic Plan

Week of July 29 – Inland Flooding from a Hurricane

Week of August 5 – Using Technology during a Hurricane

Week of August 12 – Protecting Your Pets during a Hurricane

Week of August 19 – Preparing Your Business for a Hurricane

Week of August 26 – Preparing Your Boat for a Hurricane

Week of September 2 – After the Hurricane Has Passed

 

The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) is the state agency responsible for coordinating federal, state, local, voluntary and private resources during emergencies and disasters in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  MEMA provides leadership to: develop plans for effective response to all hazards, disasters or threats; train emergency personnel to protect the public; provide information to the citizenry; and assist individuals, families, businesses and communities to mitigate against, prepare for, and respond to and recover from emergencies, both natural and man made. For additional information about MEMA and Preparedness, go to www.mass.gov/mema. Also, continue to follow MEMA updates on Twitter at www.twitter.com/MassEMA; Facebook at www.facebook.com/MassachusettsEMA. Download the free ping4alert! app to your Smartphone to receive important weather alerts and emergency messages from MEMA.  Easy instructions are available at www.mass.gov/mema/mobileappp.

 

HURRICANE NAMES – 2013 to 2018

The word “Hurricane” is derived from the Carib term for “God of Evil”.  In the West Indies hurricanes were originally named after the saint upon whose holyday the storm occurred.  Until 1953, the custom was to refer to storms by their year or location i.e.: “The Hurricane of 1938” or “The Galveston Hurricane of 1900”. In 1953, however, the National Hurricane Center began using female names, in alphabetical order.  In 1979, alternating male and female names began.  As listed below, six rotating lists of names are utilized for Atlantic Tropical Cyclones.  An international committee of the World Meteorological Organization decides at the conclusion of each hurricane season if the name of an extremely deadly or costly storm should be retired and replaced on the list.  These are the names utilized in the six-year cycle of names.  Except for any retired names, in 2019 the 2013 list will be repeated. As we saw in 2005, once the 21 Tropical Cyclone names are used up, additional storms take the names from the letters of the Greek alphabet: Alpha, Beta, Gamma, etc.

 

Atlantic Tropical Cyclone Names 2013-2018

 

201320142015201620172018
Andrea
Barry
Chantal
Dorian
Erin
Fernand
Gabrielle
Humberto
Ingrid
Jerry
Karen
Lorenzo
Melissa
Nestor
Olga
Pablo
Rebekah
Sebastien
Tanya
Van
Wendy
Arthur
Bertha
Cristobal
Dolly
Edouard
Fay
Gonzalo
Hanna
Isaias
Josephine
Kyle
Laura
Marco
Nana
Omar
Paulette
Rene
Sally
Teddy
Vicky
Wilfred
Ana
Bill
Claudette
Danny
Erika
Fred
Grace
Henri
Ida
Joaquin
Kate
Larry
Mindy
Nicholas
Odette
Peter
Rose
Sam
Teresa
Victor
Wanda
Alex
Bonnie
Colin
Danielle
Earl
Fiona
Gaston
Hermine
Ian
Julia
Karl
Lisa
Matthew
Nicole
Otto
Paula
Richard
Shary
Tobias
Virginie
Walter
Arlene
Bret
Cindy
Don
Emily
Franklin
Gert
Harvey
Irma
Jose
Katia
Lee
Maria
Nate
Ophelia
Philippe
Rina
Sean
Tammy
Vince
Whitney
Alberto
Beryl
Chris
Debby
Ernesto
Florence
Gordon
Helene
Isaac
Joyce
Kirk
Leslie
Michael
Nadine
Oscar
Patty
Rafael
Sara
Tony
Valerie
William