Federal Emergency Management Agency officials and meteorologists say Floridians should brace themselves for a wet and wild winter, all because of El Nino.
The weather pattern happens every few years when the Pacific Ocean warms up around the equator. This year’s is one of the strongest El Ninos on record.
FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate told The Associated Press that the last time Florida saw such a strong El Nino, dozens people died from tornadoes.
Fugate says Floridians should be prepared with emergency kits, weather radios and evacuation plans because strong storms, flash flooding and tornadoes are especially possible this winter.
In 1998, seven tornadoes swept through the Melbourne area, killing 42 and injuring more than 250. The storms happened at night, when most people were sleeping.
Republished with permission of The Associated Press.