On May 28, 2018 Tropical storm Alberto moving at 9 mph made land fall at Laguna Beach, Florida, about 15 miles west-northwest of Panama City with maximum sustained winds of 40 mph. This type of storm is quite common in South Florida. What makes Alberto particularly dangerous is the amount of precipitation proceeding the storm and also the widespread area affected by the system including most of the coastal areas of Florida and extending into North Carolina and Mississippi on both sides. The result has been an unusual amount of rain and flooding in low lying areas.
So as we see, hurricanes are not the only thing to prepare for, tropical storms can also be serious. Conditions are ripe for an above average number of hurricanes in 2018, a year after one of the most devastating seasons on record. Researchers at Colorado State University predict 14 named storms, seven hurricanes and three major hurricanes, packing sustained winds of at least 111 mph. A typical season sees 12 named storms, 6.5 hurricanes and two majors. Being pro-active opposed to reactive to a weather event makes good sense.