BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala. (WALA) - When tropical storm Debby formed over the weekend, the storm became the fourth named system on record. Before Debby the earliest fourth named storm was Dennis, which formed on July 4, 2005.
The average date for the fourth storm is September 1.
The 2012 Atlantic hurricane season is off to a record pace. Never before has there been this many named storms so early in the season. Florida Emergency Management Director Bryan Koon said this should be a signal to people to get prepared.
"We're still barely a month into hurricane and we're already to the "D" so it's a good opportunity again to review your disaster plan, understand what you would do if something were to strike your community review your emergency supply kit because it looks like we're potentially in for a long season," said Koon.
NOAA has predicted nine to 15 named storms this season. It's not even a month in and Debby makes four.
In Baldwin County, Emergency Management Director Mitchell Sims said he doesn't know what to think.
"Its been an interesting weather year. It's been hard to classify any of this," said Sims.
So what does this mean for the upcoming hurricane season?
Jeff Garmon with the National Weather Service said this doesn't necessarily indicate anything.
"It's not really an indicator of how the season is going to go. We do expect as we get toward the middle (to) latter part of the hurricane season, the wind sheer is still going to be a factor in play for keeping systems from being numerous and widespread," said Garmon.
However, Garmon cautions it only takes one storm to take a season from average to deadly.
That's why Baldwin County officials are getting prepared. Monday they started holding town hall meetings.
"Were just trying to encourage people to always be ready, always have a plan and always be prepared," said Sims.
Here is a list of the next few meetings:
Tuesday, 6 p.m. to 7p.m. at Meyer Civic Center in Gulf Shores.
Wednesday, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Bay Minette Civic Center in Bay Minette.
Thursday, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Daphne Civic Center in Daphner.
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