The 2021 hurricane season was the third-busiest on record, with 21 named storms. The World Meteorological Association event went beyond its planned list of names for the year.
It was also the highest number of hurricane landfalls ever in the U.S., with seven moving inland from the water. Three of those storms impacted Florida.
Weather is becoming more extreme as a result of climate change, which could mean more frequent and higher-intensity storms.
Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council executive director Sean Sullivan contributed a column to the Tampa Bay Times’ annual Hurricane Guide that outlines actions that all Tampa Bay residents should take before a storm threatens the region.
This advance preparation could save your life, says Sullivan. Don’t delay preparing for storms. Now is the time to get ready.