Hurricane season over, but not threat of severe weather

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - By Jeff Lawson – bio | email

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - November 30th marked the official end of the 2010 Hurricane Season. It was a quiet one that saw no named storms hit the U.S. mainland.

"Of course, that is wonderful," Rupert Lacy told WLOX News. But the Harrison County Emergency Management Director also had some words of caution.

"That sounds nice, but still we have to realize we can always have tropical seasons happen anytime during the year."

We were lucky, because with 19 named storms, it was a fairly active season. The good news was they all went somewhere else.

This year, emergency responders also faced a situation that was unprecedented. What would a major storm do with all that oil that was in the Gulf from the Deepwater Horizon disaster? Fortunately, we never found out.

"That was the wildcard, and that uncertainty created a lot of interest," Lacy said.

Lacy and others in emergency management work will spend the next several months updating their plans for next year. And he has one word of advice for all of us who live in this portion of the country, where the weather can be pretty crazy at times. He cautions that no one should ever be complacent, when it comes to hurricanes or any other type of extreme weather.

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