Rather than cleaning up from a hurricane this week, Floridians are gearing up for what will hopefully be a relaxing holiday weekend. The difference between the two outcomes was literally less than 200 miles. Chief of Forecast Operations at the National Hurricane Center James Franklin says what happened with former Tropical Storm Erika was not that unusual considering how far away it was.
"Our average five day error is 250 miles. You really can't be too specific about it, because it's almost gaurantee to change over the course of a several day period, and that was certainly the case for Erika."
September is typically when hurricane activity is at its peak. But right now, in the Atlantic, we have only one storm - Fred - it's more than three thousand miles away and weakening. This is great news for Floridians, especially those who were a little nervous last week.
"We still have three months of the hurricane season left, so anybody who was out Wednesday or Thursday buying supplies for Erika was doing exactly the right thing, getting things they should have had earlier...but now we'll be prepared if we have another threat."
The Atlantic Hurricane Season ends on November 30.