"Trying to prepare for hurricane season coming May 15" by: Jessica Shepard

   I’ve heard some of the most depressing news from weather forecasters as of late. 
   Firstly, we’ve had our last cold front in this area and that’s pretty disheartening for me. 
   But, it makes sense given how we’re so close to the start of May and that unbearably hot season known as “summer,” or as I refer to it “the season where the sun wants to kill me.” 
   This summer is also predicted to have one of the worst drought seasons in almost a full decade. 
   As it is, mom laments the lack of rain and increased wind speeds because they’re drying out her garden. 
   On one hand, I’m glad that maybe the disgusting squash plants will die, but I’m fond of spinach, cucumber, and melons that’ll probably suffer, too. 
   Even with all those proposed possibilities at hand, I’m still hoping our hurricane season is relatively quiet and weak. 
   Though, if I’ve learned anything in the past few years, that’s not likely to happen. 
   It seems like ever since Hurricane Harvey in 2017, the hurricane seasons have gotten busier and more damaging. 
   Just last year, we exhausted all of the regular hurricane names from the system and had to go into the Greek alphabet! 
   Granted hurricane season only lasts from June 1 to November 30, that’s still a huge chunk of the year spent under some of the worst humidity and heat imaginable. 

The National Hurricane Center will be releasing regular tropical outlooks starting on May 15. 
   If you didn’t know, that’s actually two weeks earlier than those outlooks have ever been in the past. 
   Apparently, named tropical systems have been occurring prior to the official start of the season for the past six years! 
   All that aside, I don’t know if we’ll welcome any tropical storms or hurricanes in the future, but, with a lasting drought, we just might. 
   For me, that also means gearing up and stocking up on sunscreen and helping mom make sure that our emergency supplies are ready. 
   The weirdest part is that despite February’s Winter Storm Urie, we were still more prepared for a hurricane instead. 
   We’ve got non-perishable foods, water and always keep a variety of other items on hand. 
   I’m still advocating for more flashlights or possibly solar-powered backup power banks for our cellphones and other battery-powered items. 
   I’m not quite sure if I’ve managed to convince mom to invest in them quite yet. 
   Though Winter Storm Urie was the hardest time to find out that our gas generator couldn’t handle the electrical demands for the whole house and the heaters. 
   At least we can run everything on the generator for hurricane season minus one air conditioning unit. 
   In the entirety I’ve lived in Matagorda County, my family has only evacuated three times that I can recall and I’m hoping that this season isn’t going to make it number four or more. 
   Either way, I fully encourage everyone to get prepared sooner rather than later. 
   After all, it’s better to be prepared than left hanging when everyone else rushes to the store to get their supplies. writing is explaining what recipe.

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