TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – We are inching closer to the height of hurricane season. Are you prepared for the potential for a natural disaster?
Complacency is the norm, Storm Team 8 Chief Meteorologist Steve Jerve said.
As of Tuesday, Jerve and Storm Team 8 monitoring three areas in the tropics. Tropical Storm turned Tropical Depression Fiona has, for now, dissipated. Tropical Storm Gaston is close to Africa. It is having no effect on us, at least for now.
Then there’s Invest 99L, which the Hurricane Hunters flew through Tuesday. This area of investigation could see further development within the next five days.
“It’s no surprise the tropics light up this time of year,” Jerve says.
It’s been 11 years since Florida was hit by Hurricane Wilma – and longer since a hurricane hit the Tampa Bay area. In the meantime, we’ve experienced tropical storms and depressions.
Jerve says we’ve become complacent. “More than some complacency … a lot. In fact, I think it’s pretty much the norm,” he said.
Jerve speaks with community groups and said about 90 percent of people aren’t prepared for tropical storms or hurricanes.
He also said people who have moved to the Tampa bay are since Hurricane Wilma may not be prepared. Many, Jerve said, are not ready.
“The threat of a national disaster in the Tampa Bay area is one of the greatest in the country,” Jerve says.