Gulf Spared Devastating Hurricanes in '07

By: Lindsey Brown Email
By: Lindsey Brown Email

We didn't see as many storms as predicted this year, but the 2007 hurricane season was still above average, with 14 named storms, compared to a typical year of ten.

But for residents, it was finally time to take a sigh of relief.

"I'm glad we didn't have another storm because it would have destroyed our lives," said Angela Betts of Meridian.

"Thank God we didn't suffer like we did with Katrina," said Meridian resident
John Lanier.

The same goes for local emergency officials. Meridian Homeland Security director Bunky Partridge says his staff has been prepared for a storm for the last six months. While just preparing is a lot of work, he said it doesn't compare to the threat of an actual storm.

"It's always good when we don't have a storm, but we want the public to get ready. Hurricane season does come again," Partridge said.

Memories of Hurricane Katrina are still fresh on Cheri Barry's mind. As director of the Key Chapter of the American Red Cross, Barry along with Meridian work crews, were busy back in September preparing for Hurricane Humberto that threatened east Mississippi.

"Some in the community will prepare even if we haven't had a big storm, but we want people to prepare no matter how big it is for our community," Barry said.

The only storms to make landfall in the United States were Tropical Storm Barry and Hurricane Humberto, which reached Category 1 strength.

The public is encouraged to enjoy the time off, because hurricane season picks back up June 1, 2008.


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