|A look at the Atlantic Hurricane season numbers back in 1992 (El Niño), 2011 (weak La Niña), and the forecast for 2012.|
Even though the forecasts claim we should see a less active hurricane season in the Atlantic, it does not mean we will be safe from strong storms impacting populated areas. It only takes one storm to make the season bad. For example, take a look at 1992. 1992 was an El Niño year that only produced seven named storms. However, one of those storms became a major hurricane and caused massive amounts of destruction across the Miami-Dade area and across Homestead, Florida. Hurricane Andrew was a Category 5 hurricane with wind speeds around 165 miles per hour. The storm killed 65 people and had $26 billion dollars in damage. With this in mind, everyone should take each season seriously and be ready for tropical systems, especially if you live along the coast.