NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — Mayor Eric Adams on Tuesday warned New York City and the country should brace for an "unprecedented" hurricane season that will begin in a matter of days.
The mayor said it is up to New Yorkers to stay vigilant, echoing the devastation of Hurricane Ida, which killed 13 people in basement apartments.
"I want every New Yorker to be ready, because once we are giving the information, once the agencies are in place, it's going to come down to New Yorkers also participating in this partnership," he said with other officials at the city’s Office of Emergency Management in Brooklyn.
Rick Spinrad, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration administrator, said the agency is predicting an "above-normal" hurricane season, with a 70% chance of "14 to 21 named storms."
Spinrad added that six to 10 will become hurricanes with top winds of at least 74 miles per hour. Of those, three to six major hurricanes are expected to be categories three, four, or five with top winds of at least 111 miles per hour.
"It's crucial to remember that it only takes one storm to damage your home, neighborhood, and community," he said. "Preparedness is key to the resilience that we need, and now is the time to get ready for the upcoming hurricane season."
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