Florida is Facing Winter and an El Nino

Florida is known for having to deal with some pretty crazy weather. As a peninsula that could be considered in hurricane territory, the states has weathered its fair share of natural disasters and intense weather, including the dreaded El Nino. Last time El Nino struck Florida, dozens of people died from tornadoes and other inclement weather that hit the state. Now, it seems as though another El Nino is gearing up and due to the changes in global weather thanks to global warming, it very well may be worse than any storm Florida has encountered in recent memory.

El Ninos happen when the Pacific ocean warms up around the equator. Due to global warming, oceans are warming across the globe and this means that these sorts of weather patterns are going to be more and more common as time goes on. In 1998. several tornadoes hit the Melbourne, Florida area and ended up killing 42 people and injuring over 250 others — most people were killed as they slept since the storms happened at night. With this year gearing up to be one of the strongest El Ninos on record, there is a very real chance that the death toll will be higher.

While most of the attention about El Ninos has been focused on California due to the drought and weather in the region, Florida isn’t exactly safe. The state has a history of bad weather and with a typically dry, still winter that will suddenly be inundated with wetness and wind, hopefully the state will have the resources to make it through without incident. Experts are already recommending that people in Florida begin to prepare, just in case. Emergency kits, weather radios, and evacuation plans should all be set and smartphones should be updated fully so that they can be equipped with the latest automatic weather alerts. These emit a specific sound whenever there is a tornado or storm watch or warning in the area. With the heightened risk of powerful storms, flash flooding, and tornadoes this winter, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

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