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Halfway Through Hurricane Season, Experts say Don't Let Guard Down

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CORPUS CHRISTI (Kiii News) -

Tuesday marks the halfway point in this year's Atlantic hurricane season, but weather experts say by no means should we let our guard down.

Even though we have never been directly hit with anything past a "C" storm, experts say it is only a coincidence.

So far, this hurricane season has been lackluster, but according to Dr. Philippe Tissot, associate professor at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi's College of Science and Engineering, we are not out of the woods yet.

"The storms have not intensified, so we haven't had any hurricane threatening us, but that doesn't mean the rest of the season is not going to be active," Tissot said. "We don't know."

Just less than 100 years ago, on Sept. 4, 1919, a Category 4 hurricane almost wiped Corpus Christi off the map. The official number of deaths was 284, but many believed the toll was much higher because many bodies were buried in mass graves.

Seven years before that, a Category 1 hurricane came within 50 miles of Corpus Christi; and just 15 years ago, on Sept. 13, 1998, tropical storm Frances hit.

Other storms hit the Texas Coast after the midway point. Category 1 hurricane Cindy hit on Sept. 20, 1963, and tropical storm Fern hit on Sept. 11, 1971.

"Have a plan. Once the hurricane comes toward us, if you don't have a plan, its going to be typically too late when you're told to evacuate," Tissot said. "So a couple of times a year, we love to remind everybody in Corpus Christi that we live on the coast; that hurricanes happen, big ones, every 25-30 years. We'll, about on average, we'll have a big one, and you better be ready when it's coming in."

Dr. Tissot said that, as the century progresses, the Coastal Bend will see smaller but more frequent flood producing storms. He advises that we should prepare by building a more resilient coastal community.

Hurricane season ends on Nov. 30.