Weather

September Marks Historical Peak of Hurricane Season

September 10th marked the annual historical peak of the 2011 Atlantic Hurricane Season and Florida Division of Emergency Management officials urge residents and visitors to stay prepared. As this year’s season has already been very active, Division officials caution residents that the 2011 season runs through November 30th and several more tropical developments are still possible. To date, the National Hurricane Center has identified twelve named tropical storms, two of which have reached hurricane status.

Tropical Depression forms in Gulf of Mexico; Warnings for U.S. Coast

MIAMI - A new tropical depression has just formed in the Gulf of Mexico. Tropical Storm warnings are now up for the U.S. coast from Mississippi to Texas. The storm may also impact Florida.

Hurricane Irene: East Coast States Prepare for Impact

Hurricane Irene: Here is a state-by-state glance on how Hurricane Irene is predicted to strike states all along the Eastern Seaboard as of Friday evening: 

CONNECTICUT

- Forecasters predict Irene to make landfall on Sunday somewhere between New Jersey and Cape Cod. Forecasts placed the storm's track through central parts of Connecticut.

- Hurricane warning has been issued for coastal Connecticut.

- Mandatory evacuations have not been ordered.

- Last hurricane to hit was Bob in 1991.

- Officials warned Irene was likely to cause prolonged power outages and flooding in low-lying areas along the shoreline.

- Governor urged anyone living in areas that have flooded in the past to seek shelter elsewhere.

Hurricane Irene, Preparing For A Storm On A Budget

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- If you don't have the money to prepare for a big storm, you should stick to buying the basics. 

Perry Arnold has survived many storms.  We found him shopping, so we followed him to find out what to buy.

"Food, water, shelter: those are the three main things you need," Arnold said.

We started with clips to hang plywood over your windows at $30 per package.

"This right here is enough to do a 7 window house of average size, that way you have more than enough.  I would grab a couple of cases of water," Arnold said.

We grabbed 5 sheets of plywood, and a couple of 2x4s.  "Good tough stuff, easy to cut, manageable on a budget," he said.

Big Business: Shrimpers in Brunswick Prepare for Hurricane Irene

BRUNSWICK, Ga. -- There are endless nautical legends that give salty boat captains like Diane Adams clues about bad weather.

She was hustling Monday afternoon, filling her trawler with ice and rigging up.

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Adams said she wants to get one more drag in before Hurricane Irene gets close and makes it too rough for her crew.

"Hey, this is my livelihood," she said. "Right now with the price of shrimp so low and the cost of gas so high, I have to go whenever I can."

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But she said while it seems like madness, there is method to it. She's been around shrimp boats her whole life.