SWLA agencies expect 9-15 named storms for 2012 hurricane seaso - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

SWLA agencies expect 9-15 named storms for 2012 hurricane season

With hurricane season already underway, local agencies want residents to get prepared the right way. That's why at Monday's hurricane forum experts talked about the common hurricane myths.

Taping your windows prevents damage. Tying down your mobile home makes it hurricane proof. We're not due for another big one. All myths the experts say need to be dispelled.

"Our being prepared is part of living on the Gulf Coast," said Tim Osborn with NOAA.

Officials say if you're not already prepared, you're behind schedule.

When preparing, there are several myths that officials want to dispel like the idea that taping or opening your windows can prevent damage. Always board them up.

Emergency officials also tell residents always listen to evacuation orders.

"If there is an evacuation order, be prepared to leave early, that way you're not caught in traffic," said Jefferson Davis Sheriff-Elect Ivy Woods.

Your mobile home is not safe just because it's tied down. And don't wait until the weather gets bad to leave, it may be too late. If you plan to stay behind, be prepared.

"If it's going to be a tropical depression and you want to stay home, be prepared with batteries, with a radio that can function with batteries, flashlights, and plan to stay within the house," said Woods. "Get out and get the groceries that you'll need."

The number one killer in hurricanes is not the storm surge, it's flooding from rainfall. But the storm surge doesn't only affect coastal areas either.

And another myth: the "big one" only comes ever 50 years. Experts remind us that Lily came in 2002, Rita came in 2005 and Ike came in 2008, each only three years apart. Another problem occurs when residents think a strong hurricane will wipe out their home no matter what. Osborn says that's not the mindset to have.

"The only thing that you got to add is your own participation in this," said Osborn. "Don't be afraid, be prepared."

While tropical storm Debby is no longer a threat here in southwest Louisiana, there is still a lot of time left in the 2012 hurricane season.

Andy Patrick from the National Weather Service gave a presentation regarding this season's projections. He said they planned for a season not as active as last year's, but this is the earliest in the season four storms have even been named. Their predictions say there will be 9-15 named storms this year, but Patrick said it will most likely fall on the higher end.

Parish officials suggest residents remain prepared, because if a storm forms quickly, there may not be much time.

Copyright 2012 KPLC. All rights reserved.

  • More Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • Looking back at Hurricane Audrey: 60-year anniversary

    Looking back at Hurricane Audrey: 60-year anniversary

    Tuesday, June 27 2017 8:35 PM EDT2017-06-28 00:35:56 GMT
    (SOURCE: KPLC)(SOURCE: KPLC)

    It's estimated between four and five hundred people perished in Hurricane Audrey which crept on shore earlier than expected about 3 a.m. June 27th in 1957.  The loss and heartbreak unimaginable for so many.   The late Rodney Guilbeaux lost seven family members including his mother.  "At a quarter to seven a humongous wave hit.  They could see it coming," he said in an interview around the year 2000.  "They knew that that was the end. ...

    More >>

    It's estimated between four and five hundred people perished in Hurricane Audrey which crept on shore earlier than expected about 3 a.m. June 27th in 1957.  The loss and heartbreak unimaginable for so many.   The late Rodney Guilbeaux lost seven family members including his mother.  "At a quarter to seven a humongous wave hit.  They could see it coming," he said in an interview around the year 2000.  "They knew that that was the end. ...

    More >>
  • BREAKING

    Lake Charles man convicted of attempted murder in beating of girlfriend

    Lake Charles man convicted of attempted murder in beating of girlfriend

    Tuesday, June 27 2017 8:33 PM EDT2017-06-28 00:33:21 GMT
    Paul Walling (Source: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office)Paul Walling (Source: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office)

    A Lake Charles man who beat his girlfriend repeatedly with an aluminum bat was convicted of attempted second-degree murder Tuesday. The jury took less than an hour to unanimously convict Paul Walling in the February 2016 beating. Walling struck her in the head and her upper body repeatedly, authorities said at the time. Prosecutor Charles Robinson said Walling left her to die at their trailer in LeBleu Settlement on Feb. 24, 2016. The only reason she didn't die that day is t...

    More >>

    A Lake Charles man who beat his girlfriend repeatedly with an aluminum bat was convicted of attempted second-degree murder Tuesday. The jury took less than an hour to unanimously convict Paul Walling in the February 2016 beating. Walling struck her in the head and her upper body repeatedly, authorities said at the time. Prosecutor Charles Robinson said Walling left her to die at their trailer in LeBleu Settlement on Feb. 24, 2016. The only reason she didn't die that day is t...

    More >>
  • The Human Library comes to Iowa Library

    The Human Library comes to Iowa Library

    Tuesday, June 27 2017 8:23 PM EDT2017-06-28 00:23:23 GMT

    Instead of checking out books, residents in Southwest Louisiana had the chance to check out people Tuesday. The way the Human Library works, instead of actually reading, you have real people sharing real their life stories.to share their real life stories.  In a time where the country sees division on political and social issues, the human library allows everyone to share their perspectives and experiences. Chyenne Bertrand is one of the Librarians, and it was her idea to b...

    More >>

    Instead of checking out books, residents in Southwest Louisiana had the chance to check out people Tuesday. The way the Human Library works, instead of actually reading, you have real people sharing real their life stories.to share their real life stories.  In a time where the country sees division on political and social issues, the human library allows everyone to share their perspectives and experiences. Chyenne Bertrand is one of the Librarians, and it was her idea to b...

    More >>
Powered by Frankly