Another Hurricane Season Starts For Texas Coast

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) - Robyn Worthen's work depends on the
weather. But she says from behind the counter of Galveston's Aunt
Margies Bait Camp that she doesn't put much faith in the long-range
forecasts calling for an active hurricane season.
Like many Galvestonians who proudly call themselves "BOI" - or
"born on the island - Worthen puts more stock in local storm
watchers.
Those watchers will be on guard after the hurricane season
officially begins this weekend.
Widely publicized hurricane forecaster William Gray is calling
for a "well above average" Atlantic storm season this year,
including four major storms among 15 named storms. The Colorado
State University researcher says there's a better than average
chance that at least one major hurricane will hit the United
States.
Such forecasts might worry some who fear catastrophes akin to
the devastating 2005 hurricanes Katrina and Rita. But they tend to
roll off the backs of folks on Galveston Island southeast of
Houston.
The only hurricane to make landfall on the United States last
year hit just up the coast, sparing Galveston but sloshing ashore
as a minimal Category 1 storm at High Island. That's about midway
between Galveston and Port Arthur.
For Galvestonians, Hurricane Alicia in 1983 is the last big
storm to leave an impression. It was the only major hurricane that
year, making landfall in August as a low Category 3 storm. But it
left 21 people dead and more than $2.6 billion in damages to the
Houston-Galveston area.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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