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Alabama hasn't felt the impacts of a hurricane since 2005 when wind damage from Hurricane Katrina extended into northern Alabama. The prior year Hurricane Ivan made landfall just west of Gulf Shores and moved north through the state. Damage was not limited to coastal counties. One hundred miles inland, Demopolis received wind gusts estimated at 90 mph, while Montgomery saw wind gusts in the 60-70 mph range.
NOAA's Hurricane Prediction Center says we're most likely to see a near-normal Atlantic hurricane season. The 2016 prediction suggests more hurricane activity than we've seen in the past three years. It is time to check your level of preparedness for hurricane season.
See also the Alabama Homeowner Handbook to Prepare for Natural Hazards from the Gulf of Mexico Alliance, and the Emergency Handbook from Alabama Extension.
Atlantic hurricane season is June 1 – November 30. Be ready and be safe!
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