September 14

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When an Hurricane is coming up..

Summer’s over, it is official with arrival of the “hurricane season”! Effectively today was a really cold and cloudy day (62°F or 16 C°) and I was thinking ….Where is the big and hot sun that I found when arrived here? Probably, even if luckily Santa Barbara coast has not been subjected to Hermine’s tropical storm passage, the air currents  may have influenced the weather conditions also here.

American people are already preparing to the hurrican season, that usually runs every year. It is a long waiting on Earth and “when one hurricane knocks at Heaven’s gates” is like an explosion of hypothesis and weather forecast: <When it will arrive? Where is it moving? How long will it last? Where areas will it hit?> Indeed, ‘cause the wheatear changes are so unpredictable and completely out of our control!

Meteorological technology can just predict storms arrival, by differences of air pressure and air speedy, conditioning the hurricane formation, but not calculate well ahead when and where exactly a storm will develop into a hurricane!

Sometimes it happens two or three hurricanes can be active contemporary during every year (especially, from middle August to end October) and, for this reason, World Meteorological Organization has developed a list of names assigned in alphabetical order to tropical storms discovered in each hurricane season.

Do you know that names can be repeated after an interval of six years, but the names of especially severe storms (For example Katrina in 2005) are permanently retired from use? Using names for these storms makes it much easier for meteorologists, researchers, emergency response workers, to communicate about specific hurricanes and be clearly understood.

If the storm reaches a sustained wind speed of 74 miles per hour it is called a hurricane – such as Hermine Hurricane, tropical storm that from September 1, 2016 accelerated into a hurricane, approaching to Florida. Hermine has been considered the first hurricane in 11 years to hit Florida and 6,000 national guardsmen in Florida were ready to mobilize after the storm passes.

Hermine 2016

Hermine 2016

By September 3, 2016 Hermine passed over Georgia and South Carolina and was back over the Atlantic Ocean. Due to increasing interaction with weather systems moving east across the Mid-Atlantic region, it had transformed into an extratropical cyclone. The governors of Georgia and North Carolina declared states of emergency.

A storm Hermine’s strength presented several risks: heavy rainfall causes deadly flooding and hurricane-force wind causes widespread power outages and damaged infrastructure. People are urged to move to inland shelters if necessary and make sure have enough food, water and medicines.

GIS capture-Hermine approached Florida and South Carolina Coast

GIS capture-Hermine approached Florida and South Carolina Coast

To anticipate the hurricane season, Direct Relief prepositioned “Hurricane modules” with 50 healthcare facilities in hurricane-prone regions of the Gulf and Atlantic Coasts. Each orange module holds enough medical supplies (chronic disease medications, antibiotics, wound and personal care supplies, and vaccines) to treat 100 patients for a 72-hour period, during which follow-on support can be mobilized.

Direct Relief has monitored live Hermine’s evolution through GIS (Geographic Information system) maps in relation to Direct Relief’s partners (yellow bullets). In the map on the right, you can see information on local needs and conditions and identify critical issues requiring consideration in short or long term recovery effort. In this way Direct Relief is ready to respond to a likely emergency situation!