For Immediate Release Contact: Francisco Sánchez, Jr.
Date: November 29, 2012 713-881-3100
2012 Hurricane Season Spares Texas Gulf Coast
(Harris County, TX) – Hurricane season ends November 30th, and the Texas Gulf Coast region was unaffected this year. 2012 was very active with 19 named storms, ten hurricanes and one major hurricane (Category 3 or higher). The average Atlantic hurricane season has about 15 named storms, eight hurricanes and four major hurricanes.
The Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management (HCOHSEM) monitored storms all season, keeping a close eye on Tropical Storms Debby and Ernesto and Hurricane Isaac which could have moved onto the Texas coast.
“We monitor storms from the time they form just in case they head our way” said Harris County Judge Ed Emmett. “Any storm that moves into the Gulf poses a potential threat to our region.”
The 2012 Atlantic hurricane season got an early start with the formation of two tropical storms well in advance of June 1st, the official start of the season. Tropical Storm Alberto formed on May 19th off the coast of South Carolina, and Tropical Storm Beryl - the strongest off-season storm to make U.S. landfall - developed on May 26th.
Although hurricane season has officially ended, HCOHSEM promotes disaster preparedness year round.
“It is important to maintain a disaster plan for yourself, your family, your animals and your business,” said Emmett. “Hurricanes are only one of the many threats we face in our region, and you never know when disaster will strike.”
The Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management is a national model of best practices in emergency planning, preparation, response and recovery.
Get the latest emergency information and sign up for alerts at the Harris County Regional Joint Information Center, www.readyharris.org.