The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration came out today with their predictions for the 2013 hurricane season, which begins June 1.
Thursday's outlook calls for 13 to 20 named storms, 7 to 11 that strengthen into hurricanes and 3 to 6 that become major hurricanes.
The prediction by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is more than what's considered an average Atlantic season.
Unfortunately, as I wrote recently, the Republicans in Washington (including 16 from Florida) have held tax cuts for the wealthy hostage and the result was the forced sequester that has had devastating cuts for many in everything from Medicare cuts for the elderly, leaving some without cancer treatments to head start programs and more.
Federal officials say they have the resources to warn storm-prone Florida and other vulnerable areas about weather emergencies, but a federal union representative warns that a hiring freeze plus furloughs threaten public safety.
Officials say they can maintain adequate staffing at the National Hurricane Center nearin [sic] Miami, though its forecasters will be forced to take off four unpaid days by Sept.ember 30. Staff at the National Weather Service already is depleted because of a hiring freeze.
“This could have a detrimental effect on everybody’s public safety,” said Bob Ebaugh, the steward in Miami for the National Weather Service Employees Organization. “Once you start limiting staffing, you start raising the potential for disaster.”
The furloughs will put stress on staffing for the hurricane hunter aircraft.
That's added stress as we're facing a hurricane season with above average activity. Sen. Bill Nelson voted against those sequester cuts, while Marco Rubio and those 16 House Republicans voted in favor of them.
Also bear in mind that Marco Rubio voted against giving disaster aid to victims of Sandy last year not once but twice, and his habit of voting against the best interests of Floridians is nothing but consistent.
For Rubio and these Florida House members, keeping taxes low for the wealthiest in the country is of much greater value to them than keeping Floridians safe when the next hurricane hits: