SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - Weather, especially tropical weather, can be destructive and deadly. The 2016 hurricane season is underway. It began Wednesday, June 1. Are you prepared to survive should a tropical system head our way?
This is your first alert from the WLOX First Alert Weather Team. Join Carrie Duncan, Tommy Richards, Wesley Williams and Andrew Wilson for "Prepare South Mississippi" Friday at 6:30 p.m. on WLOX CBS and Saturday at 5 p.m. on WLOX ABC for information you need to know now to make sure you can survive.
The theme of the show: Now is the time to prepare.
"In this weather special, we have the information to help protect your family and property. You'll hear from experts, including the head of the National Hurricane Center," said Chief Meteorologist Carrie Duncan.
"We want people to know what they're vulnerable to in advance, both wind and water. And with the deadliest hazard of all, storm surge. It has taken half the lives of land falling tropical systems in the last half century," said Dr. Richard Knabb, National Hurricane Center Director.
On "Prepare South Mississippi," you'll hear Knabb and National Weather Service Slidell's Meteorologist Ken Graham talk about new technology that will track storm surge and be used to issue new warnings.
"We have a new inundation map for storm surge that will be issued once the storm watch is issued 48 hours before landfall or tropical storm force winds reach the shore," said Graham.
Graham added this new technology has a 90 percent accuracy rate.
From what causes tropical systems to form, to the impact of a weakening El Nino on this storm season and how to make your home storm resistant. You will learn the latest in hurricane preparedness.
"Preparedness needs to go down to the individual family members," said Lee Smithson, Mississippi Emergency Management Agency Director. "The more prepared you are for the big event, you're going to be prepared for the smaller event, too. So, we ask everyone to have a kit. Be ready. Be able to sustain yourself for at least three days, and we really we prefer for a week."