OUR OPINION: Hurricane Ida prolongs storm season
Hurricane season ended Nov. 30, but as we are seeing, the line between the actual season and the official season is not cut in stone.
We’ve all been advised by the National Weather Service before that hurricanes can occur after the “official” end of the season.
With the arrival of Hurricane Ida in the Caribbean, and possible arrival in the Gulf of Mexico this weekend, The Red Cross is asking people to be on the alert.
In other words, it is time to pay attention once again to Mother Nature, for she calls the shots when it comes to hurricanes.
Thursday morning Ida brought heavy winds and rain to eastern Nicaragua where floods and destroyed homes were reported, with no early reports of casualties.
The hurricane was downgraded to a tropical storm after the hit. Honduras and Guatemala are now preparing for heavy rains.
The Red Cross is advising individuals in the projected path of the storm to take preparedness measures at home, in school and in the workplace.
The long range path Thursday covers a wide swath from the coast of Florida to Texas.
The Red Cross advises people to take a free online tutorial called Be Red Cross Ready, available at www.redcross.org/BeRedCrossReady.
The tutorial tells exactly how to get a kit, make a plan, and be informed.
It recommends that families assemble or buy a disaster kit containing at least three days supplies and put them in an easy-to-carry container, such as a backpack.
As part of each family’s plan, every member should know where to reach the rest of the family and where to meet them if they can’t make it home.
The forecast storm track has Ida moving into the Gulf of Mexico sometime Tuesday, where the Gulf Coast area will be at some risk.
We’re no strangers to hurricanes in Louisiana, but certainly a hurricane in November is a rarity, and not something anyone wants to face after breathing a sigh of relief that hurricane season is over.
It’s better to be prepared for such an event than to be caught flat-footed.
We encourage everyone in the potentially affected areas to monitor the progress of this late season storm and react accordingly.