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Hurricane Ernesto

Loa Agwe is the divine presence behind the hurricane.

Cuban Voodoo Ritual 2006

Story by Mickey of Miami

Just how powerful the hurricane becomes will be "highly dependent on the exact track that Ernesto takes due to land interaction with Haiti and Cuba,"

 

Hurricane Warning Issued for Hurricane Alberto

Monday August 28th 2006 At 5 a.m. EDT, Ernesto, the fifth named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, had maximum sustained winds of 50 mph and was 600 miles southeast from the Keys. Top sustained winds were at 50 mph and it was moving northwest at 12 mph.

Gov. Jeb Bush issued a state of emergency Sunday for all of Florida. Immediate concern centered on the Keys, where visitors were ordered out and plans were enacted to evacuate special-needs residents to Miami.

In the Keys, three shelters were set to open Monday. All travel trailers and recreational vehicles were ordered out of the Keys, and mobile home residents were also urged to evacuate.

Some residents of the low-lying island chain flocked to grocery stores and home-supply warehouses to stock up on canned goods, bottled water and other storm essentials.

"Key Westerners are used to this," said Jim Bernard, assistant manager at a Home Depot in Key West.

Ernesto made it 1 mph above the 74-mph threshold to be a hurricane Sunday, but weakened as it plodded toward Cuba's southeastern corner. Still, the hurricane center cautioned that Ernesto may strengthen significantly as it moves toward Florida.

"It has a good chance to regain hurricane status," said Max Mayfield, director of the National Hurricane Center.

The state of emergency directs counties to activate their emergency management offices and activates the National Guard, among other things. Bush canceled several meetings scheduled in New York Monday, and will remain in Tallahassee to monitor storm developments.

Ernesto lashed Haiti and the Dominican Republic on Sunday and threatened to bring as much as 20 inches of rain to parts of Haiti, where it claimed at least one life. The storm was expected to move over Cuba, then bring rain and wind toward Florida, forecasters said.

"You don't know where to go. You don't know where it's going to blow," said tourist Jim Rogers of Lodi, N.J., who spent Sunday preparing to leave the Keys. "You don't want to be in Key West."

Florida's emergency management center in Tallahassee was partially activated Sunday, and several counties around the state were expected to follow suit Monday. Emergency officials encouraged people across the state to monitor the storm, check emergency supplies and disaster plans — a familiar theme, considering seven hurricanes have hit Florida and one has brushed by in the past two years.

"Ernesto bears watching," said Mike Stone, spokesman for the Florida Division of Emergency Management.

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On the Net:

Hurricane Center: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov

 

Hurricane Ernesto Approaches Florida


2007 Hurricane Names

Andrea
Barry
Chantal
Dean
Erin
Felix
Gabrielle
Humberto
Ingrid
Jerry
Karen
Lorenzo
Melissa
Noel
Olga
Pablo
Rebekah
Sebastien
Tanya
Van
Wendy


For every year, there is a pre-approved list of names for tropical storms and hurricanes. These lists have been generated by the National Hurricane Center since 1953. At first, the lists consisted of only female names; however, since 1979, the lists alternate between male and female.

Hurricanes are named alphabetically from the list in chronological order. Thus the first tropical storm or hurricane of the year has a name that begins with "A" and the second is given the name that begins with "B." The lists contain names that begin from A to W, but exclude names that begin with a "Q" or "U."

There are six lists that continue to rotate. The lists only change when there is a hurricane that is so devastating, the name is retired and another name replaces it.

A tropical storm with winds of 74 miles per hour or greater is called a hurricane.

 

Alternate Spellings: Agoué, Agoue, Agouet

Vous deux (voodoo) synbol for Agwe Protection. Voodoo is an animist faith. That is, objects and natural phenomena are believed to possess holy significance, to possess a soul. Thus the Loa Agwe is the divine presence behind the hurricane.

These are the 10 deadliest hurricanes in the United States, according to records kept since 1900. Damages are adjusted to 1990 dollars based on U.S. Department of Commerce construction cost indexes.

The National Weather Service began routinely using female names for hurricanes in 1953. In 1979 men's name were added. Category numbers are assigned according to the Saffir/Simpson hurricane scale, based on wind speeds within the storm.

Hurricane
Year Category $ Damages
1. Andrew 1992 4 $25,000,000,000
2. Hugo 1989 4 $7,155,120,000
3. Betsy 1965 3 $6,461,303,000
4. Agnes 1972 1 $6,418,143,000
5. Camille 1969 5 $5,242,380,000
6. Diane 1955 1 $4,199,645,000
7. Hurricane in New England 1938 3 $3,593,853,000
8. Frederic 1979 3 $3,502,942,000
9. Alicia 1983 3 $2,391,854,000
10. Carol 1954 3 $2,370,215,000

The 10 most intense hurricanes in the united States based on recorded pressure at time of landfall, according to records kept since 1900. The lower the pressure, the more intense the hurricane.

Hurricane • Year • Category • Pressure in inches/In millibars

1. Florida Keys 1935 5 26.35/892
2. Camille 1969 5 26.84/909
3. Andrew 1992 4 27.23/922
4. Florida Keys and S. Texas 1919 4 27.37/927
5. Lake Okeechobee, Fla. 1928 4 27.43/929
6. Donna 1960 4 27.46/930
7. Galveston, Texas 1990 4 27.49/931
7. Grand Isle, La. 1909 4 27.49/931
7. New Orleans, La., 1915 4 27.49/931
7. Carla 1961 4 27.49/931
8. Hugo 1989 4 27.58/934
9. Miami, Fla. 1926 4 27.61/935
10. Hazel 1954 4 27.70/938


These are the 10 deadliest hurricanes in the United States listing the numbers of deaths.

Hurricane

Year
Category
Deaths

1. Galveston, Texas 1900 4 6,000
2. Lake Okeechobee, Fla. 1928 4 1,836
3. Florida Keys and S. Texas 1919 4 600
4. New England 1938 3 600
5. Florida Keys 1935 5 408
6. Audrey 1957 4 390
7. Northeast Coast 1944 3 390
8. Grande Isle, La. 1909 4 350
9. New Orleans, La. 1915 4 275
10. Galveston, Texas 1915 4 275


As hurricane forecasting has improved, fewer human lives have been lost. But property damages keep going up as the economy levels and prices get higher.

HURRICANE INFORMATION ON THE INTERNET

National Hurricane Center / Tropical Prediction Center
National Hurricane Center site providing detailed location and forecasting of tropical storms and hurricanes.

http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/

Hurricane and Tropical Storm Tracking
Tracks hurricane and tropical storm activity for the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. In English and Spanish.

http://hurricane.terrapin.com/

Hurricane Central
Updated 24 hours a day with the latest hurricane coordinates and data. Includes an interactive tracking...

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/storm/

Hurricane Hunters
Fly into the eye of a hurricane with the Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunters.

http://www.hurricanehunters.com/

Miami Museum of Science-Hurricane Main Menu
CLICK on any title above to find out more about hurricanes. Or see the current weather data at the Miami Museum of Science. For current hurricane data, ...

http://www.miamisci.org/hurricane/

Hurricanes: An Online Meteorology Guide
Sequenced web sections covering definitions and mechanics of a hurricane, stages of development, physical...

http://ww2010.atmos.uiuc.edu/(Gh)/guides/mtr/hurr/home.rxml

Weather Underground Tropical
Atlantic satellite map, sea surface temperature and hurricane advisory providing links to weather...

http://www.wunderground.com/tropical/

weather.com - Hurricane Central: Today's Outlook
Hurricane warnings remain in effect of the Florida Gulf Coast but there is only the slimmest possibility that Alberto will become strong enough to become a ...

http://www.weather.com/newscenter/tropical/

Hurricanes
Storm surges are very dangerous and a major reason why you MUST stay away from the ocean during a hurricane warning or hurricane. ...

http://www.fema.gov/kids/hurr.htm

Tropical cyclone - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Hurricane Katrina encountering the Gulf Loop Current and Eddy Vortex. ... A tropical cyclone (or hurricane or typhoon) is a system with sustained winds ...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hurricane

United States - Hurricane and Tropical Storm Reports
A HURRICANE WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR THE GULF COAST OF FLORIDA FROM LONGBOAT KEY TO THE OCHLOCKONEE RIVER. A HURRICANE WARNING MEANS THAT HURRICANE ...

http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/us/hurricane.html

HurrWarn National Hurricane Center, Warnings and Watches, Tracking ...
Hurricane Watches and Warnings, News, Storm Tracks, Broadcast Quality Satellite and Radar Imagery.

http://www.hurrwarn.com/

Hurricane Warning!
Hurricane Warning! will be a state of the art, innovative learning experience that will entertain visitors as they become immersed in educational ...

http://www.hurricanewarning.org/

National Weather Service
A Hurricane WARNING is in effect for the gulf coast of Florida from Longboat Key to the Ochlockonee River. A Tropical Storm WARNING is in effect south of ...

http://www.nws.noaa.gov/


Fla. issues hurricane warning, evacuations - Hurricane Watch ...
Tropical Storm Alberto could become a Category 1 hurricane, the National Hurricane Center said Monday as it issued a hurricane warning for northwest Florida ...

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/13272123/


BBC NEWS | Americas | Florida given hurricane warning
US hurricane monitors issue a warning for parts of Florida's west coast as the first storm of the season approaches.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/5072350.stm


BBC NEWS | World | Americas | Bahamas put on hurricane warning
The Bahamas and Florida are readying themselves for the latest savage hurricane to hit the region.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/3687938.stm

Hurricane Warning Issued Along Fla. Gulf Coast - New York Times
Evacuations were ordered in some areas as the season's first tropical storm intensified in the Gulf of Mexico.

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/06/12/us/11cnd-s ... ei=5088&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss

Hurricane Watch and Warning
Hurricane Watch and Warning - Hurricane Watch - A hurricane watch means residents in a designated coastal area could experience hurricane conditions w.

http://www.bobvila.com/HowTo_Library/Hurrica ... _Watch_and_Warning--T1252.html

Be Prepared For 2006 Hurricane Season
Release Date: March 13, 2006
Release Number: 1605-196

MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- With the June 1st start of hurricane season less than three months away, and work still being done to recover from the 2005 season, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Alabama Emergency Management Agency urges Alabamians to prepare early for the upcoming hurricane season.

While all Alabamians should have a plan for when natural disasters strike, those who live in mobile homes and travel trailers should be particularly alert to approaching tropical storms, hurricanes, and tornadoes. According to the 2000 census, over 300,000 families live in Alabama mobile homes, making the need for disaster preparedness a priority. Currently, FEMA is temporarily housing more than 6,400 people in travel trailers throughout the state.

Disaster preparedness begins with each family and household having a plan. FEMA recommends that you have a ready-to-go emergency kit that will allow you to survive unaided for three days. A kit should include the following:

First aid kit (including prescription medicines)
Food and water for up to 72 hours
Extra clothing and blankets
Flashlights and extra batteries
The following supplies are recommended:

NOAA Weather Radio and extra batteries
Whistle to signal for help
A camp stove with extra fuel
Foldable ladders for second-story escape in a fire
Photocopies of credit and identification cards
Food and Water

In addition to an emergency kit, families should be prepared with up to three days of food and water for each member. Basic foods, like canned foods, dry foods, and other non-perishable items are best to have because if electricity goes out, they will still be edible. Here are some tips:

Keep foods on hand that everyone in your family will like to eat
Avoid foods that are high in fat and protein
Don't stock salty foods, since they will make you thirsty
The average person requires two quarts of drinking water per day. Some individuals, like children or nursing mothers, may require more. A gallon per day for each person in your family is the recommended amount, say American Red Cross officials. If you are running low on water, don't ration. To lessen the amount you need, reduce your activity.

If water is unavailable from household sources, water from rain, streams or rivers, and natural springs can be used. However, water from any outdoor source must first be purified before it can be used for potable or hygienic purposes. Boiling, disinfecting (by means of adding 16 drops of bleach per gallon of water) and distillation are the three recommended methods of purification.

Be Ready to Evacuate

Mobile homes and travel trailers are particularly vulnerable to severe weather because of their instability. Since hurricanes can trigger quickly forming tornadoes, residents should be prepared to leave at a moments notice.

A mobile home can overturn very easily even if precautions have been taken to tie down the unit. When a tornado warning is issued, take shelter in a building with a strong foundation. If shelter is not available, lie in ditch or low-lying area a safe distance away from the unit. Never stay inside a mobile home or travel trailer if a tornado warning has been issued.

Evacuation is a real possibility that your family might face if a natural disaster threatens your home. Every family should have an emergency plan that outlines what to do, how to communicate with family members when evacuating, and how the family should re-connect in case they get separated.

Know the location and best route for evacuation out of the area
Practice your emergency evacuation plan with your family
Heed local and state-issued evacuation orders

Be ready to leave at a moment's notice
"Natural disasters are unpredictable, but if you are prepared, you and your family will know how to deal with them when they happen," said Federal Coordinating Officer Michael Bolch.

To learn more on how to prepare your family for the upcoming hurricane season, visit www.ready.gov or call 800-BE-READY. Materials, including supply kit suggested supplies and family communication plan templates are available on the website. The website also provides information on how to prepare for all disasters, including man-made and other natural disasters.