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Stormy Clouds on the Horizon...
If the economic turmoil is not enough for you, here is a report from Colorado State U. about the forecasted hurricane season. In summary, Dr. Gray and his team are predicting a more active season than usual this year. Their estimation is for activity to be 175% of the normal hurricane season. They also report about a 50-50 chance for a direct hit on the east coast of the US including Florida. His team is predicting 16 named storms for this season including 9 hurricanes and 5 major storms (category 3-4-5 storms) for this season. A typical or "normal" season averages about 10 named storms, 6 hurricanes, and 2.3 major storms per year going back 50 years. If you would like to peruse the actual report here is the link. http://tiny.cc/cys8i
With this in mind make sure that you have a hurricane plan in place. The season starts June 1, 2011. Remember that hurricanes don't care when the start date of the season begins. Check your generators, and your back ups, take inventory of equipment, chemicals, and nursery stock. Print out your customer, employee, and accounting information prior to a storm and keep it in a safe place.
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