Jun 11, 2012 1:56 PM by Chris Welty

Hurricane Conference Held in Lafayette

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is predicting at least nine to fifteen named storms, four to eight will strengthen to a hurricane and one to three of those storms is expected to become a major hurricane this season.

A forum was held at Abdalla hall on UL's campus to discuss the potential of this storm season.

"Hurricanes, tropical storms, they can happen just about anytime, anywhere. Really it only takes one."

Every hurricane season and storm is unique. Andy Patrick, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Lake Charles says it's important to have a game plan and time is of the essence.

"If you wait till the last minute, you'll be running into a lot of lines, you may have issues getting cash at ATMs, getting gasoline."

Congressman Charles Boustany says, "That's how you save lives and minimize property damage. taking these steps and applying the best known science and technology is important."

Though previous seasons have been fairly quiet, Louisiana is a prime target for potential storms.

"We're also at the mercy of mother nature and we have to learn to live with it and still come out ahead. That's what preparation is all about," said Boustany.

As for those that may chose to ride out the storm Andy Patrick says it is important to heed the warnings of emergency officials because first responders will leave town as well if an emergency evacuation is ordered.

Chris Welty



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