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As you kick off your summer the last thing that you are probably thinking is - hurricanes! The name alone strikes fear in the minds of many folks living along the Gulf coast.

However, even though Birmingham is 300 miles inland from the coast, we can still have very severe weather attributed to hurricanes. A group of scientists from Georgia Tech looked at tropical cyclones from 1920 to 2008 and found that there has been a 35 percent increase in storm sizes compared to the previous period of active storms which was 1948–1964. This has lead to a doubling of tornados produced per storm. Hurricane Katrina alone produced 58 observed tornados directly attributed to the storm!

As you start your summer, plan ahead for hurricane season.