Stronger storms, less deaths, West Coast residents secrets on staying safe this hurricane season

Clouds beckon over the Gulf of California

Clouds beckon over the Gulf of California

After being hit with a fair share of category four hurricanes this season, the western coast of Mexico is set for some more wet weather. Tropical depression 16-E is the next storm set to take over the Pacific. The storm is set to hit the Baja region of Mexico at around 8 a.m PDT Monday morning, before hitting the Sonora region of Mexico later in the evening. Rainfall will start in the southern part of Arizona tonight but the peak of the rainfall will arrive in Arizona at 8 a.m PDT on Tuesday. Given the heavy rain that is set to arrive, counties in southern California, southern New Mexico and most of Arizona have issued a flash flood watch. The depression is only set to hit a maximum speed of 35 mph but residents should expect heavy rainfall and flash flooding throughout the early part of the week.

After the chaos that the 2014 Pacific Hurricane season caused resulting in 45 deaths, West Coast residents have been lucky to avoid a fair share of the hurricanes this year. Unlike last year the time at which the hurricane peaks have been further away from the coast compared to 2014. The numbers are not drastic but after the 45 deaths last year, residents will take any form of positive news. In fact, this year there have been only two deaths. One death was directly from the hurricane itself, whilst another one was indirect. Despite the decrease of deaths, residents are not taking anything for granted and still expect the unexpected.

“The summer weather in Southern Arizona is unsystematic,” said University of Arizona junior Giovanni Castro. “We are not here for most of the hurricane season but there are always some torrential downpours towards the end of the period. We have to be on our feet. Depending on the storm, supplies can run out quickly.” That has been a problem for a fair share of residents not only on the West Coast but all over the United States. But how can citizens combat the treacherous conditions when supplies are out?

“You always want to get supplies as early as possible, it is never a bad thing to be the first one who is prepared,” said Tucson resident Jerri Kingston. “Even if you have supplies left over, you know that there will be a time and a place where there will be stormy weather.” Jerri who was has lived in Tucson her whole life said she has seen it all and last year was her first year where she was just a bit too late to pick up supplies. “I remember going to the supermarket and not getting everything I needed to get. With three kids you always need to get extra food. That’s why it is vital to plan ahead. We do two trips to the supermarket when we know a storm is brewing. We go about five days before the storm is set to hit and once again two days before hand to get anything last minute.” She continued by saying “You always here about getting flashlights, having battery operated fans and televisions throughout the season, while it is true you should always get it as soon as possible.

Despite a total of 11 hurricanes with two of those storms being classified as category four hurricanes, there was only about $ 1 million worth of property damage. While last year there was over $ 1.4 billion worth of damage. Luckily for Jerri and West Coast residents alike, the Hurricane season was rather quiet.

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