hurricane season

Hurricane forecast revised; more storms expected

Hurricane forecast revised; more storms expected

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) forecasters monitoring patterns announced Aug. 8 that conditions are now more favorable for above-normal hurricane activity since El Nino has now ended. Two named storms have formed so far this year and the peak months of the hurricane season, August through October, are now underway.   Read the full […]

Hurricane Season again

Hurricane Season again

While our friends to the east are still reeling from Hurricane Michael of October 2018, making landfall as a category 5 storm, it is the beginning of another season. While it seems the 2018 season just ended, the 2019 season is starting. Included in this issue is a Hurricane Preparedness Guide with new storm names […]

Floridians urged to buy flood insurance

Floridians urged to buy flood insurance

Floridians are less than 30 days from the start of the 2019 Atlantic hurricane season, and state officials are reminding residents to start preparing now. Florida Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis said recent history speaks for itself.   Read the full article in the May 9 issue of Navarre Press. Visit https://navarrepress.com/subscribe/ to view subscription […]

Upcoming hurricane season prediction: 12 to 14 storms

Upcoming hurricane season prediction: 12 to 14 storms

The 2019 hurricane season is predicted to be slightly busier than usual, according to AccuWeather’s hurricane forecast released last week. The report said 12 to 14 named storms are expected, with five to seven of them predicted to become hurricanes and two to four being major hurricanes. Read the full article in the April 11 […]

Risk seen in calm after Alberto’s near miss

Risk seen in calm after Alberto’s near miss

Santa Rosa dodged a bullet when subtropical storm Alberto veered to the east over Memorial Day weekend, but experts warn that Mother Nature could be reloading for several more shots this summer. For county Director of Emergency Preparedness Brad Baker and other officials, the challenge now is rallying residents to be on guard for the […]

Santa Rosa steps up hurricane preparedness

Santa Rosa steps up hurricane preparedness

Even before the official start of the hurricane season on June 1, the Santa Rosa County Emergency Management team and Emergency Operations Center are already keeping tabs on two major rain events. Subtropical storm Alberto on Saturday became the first named storm of a season that had not even officially begun. Read the full article […]

Subtropical storm Alberto falls flat

Subtropical storm Alberto falls flat

May 25 weather forecasters all over the Florida panhandle along with the national weather services were watching a storm brewing in the northwestern Caribbean Sea. The National Hurricane Center (NHC) issued its first advisory on the storm, subtropical storm Alberto, at 10 a.m. All of this was happening ahead of the official June 1 start […]

UPDATE: First rain bands expected mid-day

UPDATE: First rain bands expected mid-day

UPDATE: 10/7  8:30 a.m. Hurricane Nate is a category 1 storm steaming through the Gulf of Mexico. Currently maximum sustained winds are at 85 mph with movement to the north northwest at 22 mph. Currently our area remains under a hurricane watch, tropical storm warning and storm surge warning. We spoke with Jason Beaman, meteorologist […]

Hurricane training prepares county nerve center for the worst

Hurricane training prepares county nerve center for the worst

Hurricane season is here, and in preparation the Santa Rosa County Emergency Operation Center (EOC) in Milton ran their annual hurricane exercises for 2017. Representatives from every agency from city governments to federal relief programs gathered at the EOC to participate in mock scenarios that would familiarize them with the system county Emergency Management Director […]

Florida declares tax holiday for disaster prep

Florida declares tax holiday for disaster prep

To prepare residents for hurricane season Florida has declared June 2-4 Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax. During this time period, shoppers will not have to pay sales tax on eligible items and supplies that can be used to prepare for and recover from natural disasters that hit the Sunshine State. Items included in the sales tax […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 12

Five Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 12

FORECASTERS: BUSY ATLANTIC HURRICANE SEASON IS MORE LIKELY The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s updated outlook predicts 12 to 17 named storms, including five to eight hurricanes, two to four of which could be “major.” On average, the U.S. gets 12 named Atlantic storms a season, including six hurricanes, three of them major. WALT DISNEY […]

Florida Chamber: Homeowners’ insurance rates pushed up by hurricane threat

Florida Chamber: Homeowners’ insurance rates pushed up by hurricane threat

Florida residents pay twice the national average for homeowners insurance according to the Florida Chamber Foundation, and the risk for catastrophic hurricanes may be to blame. East Bay Insurance Agency Principal John Hays handles thousands of homeowners’ insurance policies throughout the state of Florida. He said although the system is complex, the level of risk […]

Low pressure system forms in Atlantic

Low pressure system forms in Atlantic

National Hurricane Center says 70% chance of development in Atlantic Just days ahead of the official June 1 start of hurricane season, the National Hurricane Center says that a low pressure system has formed in the Atlantic and has a 70 percent chance of developing over the next five days.  The update from the organizations […]

State: Verify state licenses this hurricane season

State: Verify state licenses this hurricane season

Monday marked the beginning of the 2015 Atlantic Hurricane Season, and the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) reminds Floridians of the importance of hiring only licensed professionals for home and business repairs following a storm. The increased potential danger of unlicensed activity scams are among the many risks Floridians face during hurricane […]

5 Things to Know in Florida for June 1

5 Things to Know in Florida for June 1

Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about in Florida today. Legislators return with plan to end budget stalemate Florida legislators are returning to the state Capitol for a 20-day special session where they are expected to pass a new state budget. State government would be forced to shut […]

5 Things to Know in Florida for May 28

5 Things to Know in Florida for May 28

Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about in Florida today. Canadian diplomat’s son seeks bail in drug-related killings A Miami detective testified that he was spit upon and threatened with violence by the teenage son of a prominent Canadian diplomat after an alleged drug-related shootout that killed […]

Eddy, Hahn talk hurricane readiness

Eddy, Hahn talk hurricane readiness

Edwin “Buz” Eddy from the City of Gulf Breeze and Daniel Hahn from Santa Rosa County Emergency Management talked June 12 with members of the Gulf Breeze Area Chamber of Commerce about being ready for hurricane season. “They say this is supposed to be a below-average year for storms. Whoopee,” Hahn said in a loud […]