A bittersweet farewell to Frank M. Reid at Bethel AME

Hurricanes and Tropical Storms

It's almost hurricane season; are you ready?

It's almost hurricane season; are you ready?

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Climate Prediction Center indicates it's likely that four to eight hurricanes will develop during this hurricane season, which begins Wednesday. Up to four of these hurricanes could become Category 3 or higher, bringing winds of at least 111 mph. NOAA is predicting the six-month hurricane season will be near normal, which suggests we may experience more activity than during the past three years, when activity was below normal.

The Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan area has dodged hurricanes for nearly 13 years. But we can't have amnesia. It takes just one intense hurricane to devastate a life and tear a community apart. In...