Weather service keeping eye out for hurricanes, storms

Published: Monday, July 1, 2013 at 09:18 AM.

"We’re better than the national average for lead time," said Cole.

Forecasters there do everything from reading charts to making internal service assessments that figure out what the service did right and what they could have done better in a severe weather case.

He recalled the June 10 tornado in Jacksonville where he said the weather service didn’t make the call in providing warning for the storm.

"We missed it," Cole said.

When it comes to hurricanes, for which there is usually much warning time, Cole said everyone should be prepared for the season by having a plan for evacuation and a disaster supplies kit that will keep residents safe for three to five days.

For the upcoming hurricane season, Cole said predictions call for around 12 storms.

"Bigger, stronger hurricanes this year", said Cole.

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