Impacts of hurricane season on Arkansas

How hurricanes impact Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Hurricane Hermine is an indication hurricane season is picking up in the United States.

While most tropical storms or hurricanes, like Hermine, hit coastal states, some do leave an impact here in Arkansas.  

When hurricanes start coming this way, metro know days in advance.  They'll bring heavy rains and even tornados.  Right now things are all calm in Arkansas, but that could all change.

It's September, the most active month for hurricanes.  Hurricanes and tropical systems Rita, Gustav, and Issac are all examples of storms in the Gulf of Mexico over the past few years, that inched their way up to Arkansas.  All making a big impact.  With those storm in mind, responders are on alert.

"We're always at the ready," said Candy Carey, Executive Director of the Little Rock Red Cross.  "We need to be because when disaster strikes Red Cross needs to respond and we need to be there with the full compliment of our service and be ready to go for the families who need us."

So far so good, but it does not mean things cannot change.  THV11's Chief Meteorologist Ed Buckner explained what could happen here.

"Flooding, tornados, power outages, a lot of rain could be major impacts on Arkansas as the storm kind of dies out moving across the area," said Buckner.

The Arkansas Department of Emergency Mangement said they are prepared all-year-round for any type of event. During Hurricane season they start watching storms as soon as they move off the African coast and make plans as necessary.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts 10 to 16 named storms, four to 6sixof those being hurricanes, and one to four being Category 3 or higher.  Tropical Weather hitting Arkansas is nothing new.

"Whether it's prepositioning cots, notifying volunteers in our system to say, "Hey we are expecting to open up a number of shelters, we need volunteers, are you available?'" said Carey. 

By the time it reaches Arkansas, it is usually a tropical storm or tropical depression with winds around 40 miles per hour--strong enough to knock over trees and power lines.  Severe weather is a risk for Arkansans during hurricane season and that's why local agencies, and THV11's weather team are staying prepared. 

We are not expecting to see any impacts from Hermine in Arkansas, but thinking of traveling to the East coast for Labor Day need to keep an eye on the forecasts.


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