The calm hurricane season gets a little heated

By Adam Hooper - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Storm system Ana is one of three systems in the Atlantic. While we are in no danger now, the National Weather Service is keeping a close watch.

"We are in the peak of the season. These tropical waves coming off of the coast of Africa all need to be watched," said John Trares with the National Weather Service.

O.E.P. Director Dick Gremillion, said this hurricane season has been relatively quiet, a fact that may cause some to let their guard down.

"We get lulled into this sense that maybe nothing is going to happen. We can see, from the last couple of days, that is not true," said O.E.P. Director Dick Gremillion.

"We do have Bill out there now. It looks to be a healthy tropical storm. We have Ana and it is falling apart right now, but it still needs to be watched as it moves to the west. Ana may be moving into a favorable environment. We also have newly formed tropical storm Claudette," said John Trares.

While none of the storms are a threat to Southwest Louisiana right now, they are three good reasons to stay prepared.

"Now is the time to be thinking about what you are going to do if something does happen. So many times it sneaks up on us. We do not know what we are going to do, or where we are going to stay. Now is the time to be thinking about that sort of thing," said Dick Gremillion.

To stay up-to-date on the storms you do not have to wait for the news at five, six, or ten. If you log on to, and click on the weather page, you can access several tools to track those storm systems.

"Right at the top of the page there are links for the hurricane center. If you go to the hurricane center there are links for the written weather blog, where you can read detailed information, and also you have the ability to click on our interactive hurricane tracker. This allows you to do what you see us do, and track all the storms throughout the season," said KPLC Meteorologist Jeff Jumper.

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