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Sussex County Emergency Officials Stress Hurricane Preparedness as 2019 Season Approaches

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SUSSEX COUNTY, Del.- The 2019 Atlantic hurricane season officially begins June 1 and the Sussex County Emergency Operations Center is stressing to the public the need to be ready ahead of the forecast.

Sussex County EOC Director Joseph L. Thomas said preparation is critical to limiting damage and avoiding loss of life.

“Whether it’s a season of six or sixteen storms, minor or major systems, the same message applies: be ready,” said Thomas. “The recent tornadoes here in Sussex County were a prime example of how even an isolated incident, such as a thunderstorm, can cause devastation and disruption. We cannot stop Mother Nature, but we can certainly put up our best defense.”

Like other coastal communities from the Caribbean to Canada, Sussex County is susceptible to the effects of tropical weather, from flooding to high winds.

The 2018 hurricane season was above average in the Atlantic, with 15 named storms during the season, including eight hurricanes, two of which were major and wrought billions of dollars in damage – Hurricane Florence in the Carolinas, and the since-reclassified Category 5 Hurricane Michael in the Florida Panhandle.

Sussex County suffered no ill effects from tropical weather, but the lack of storm activity here is no reason to rest easy now, according to Thomas. “I say it every season: all it takes is one," said Thomas. "That’s why it’s essential for everyone to be prepared."

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