Prayer. Sacrifice. Hope.
All words from people in Southwest Louisiana that survived one of the worst hurricane seasons in Acadiana history.
2 hurricanes making landfall in nearly the same spot , 43 days apart.
Darrell Simon, Crowley, hurricane survivor ,“a lot of people prayed and it takes prayer to be able to accomplish anything.”
Acadiana is no stranger to hurricanes, it's a way of life here.
But this was no ordinary hurricane season.
Maci Spell, Egan, hurricane survivor says, “I was pretty scared. I was praying a lot. I was worried about my family members.”
Laura slammed onshore packing 150 mph category 4 winds, ripping apart homes, and flooding communities like this one in Delcambre.
Delta was nearly a cat 3 and ran over some of the same neighborhoods that Laura devastated less than 2 months prior.
Darrell Simon, Crowley, hurricane survivor says ,“Not that much rain, but there was a lot of wind and I knew that the wind was gonna do a lot of damage.”
The damage was heartbreaking. Many families, lost everything.
But not even 2 hurricanes in one season can break the spirit of Acadiana.
Andrew Simon, Crowley, hurricane survivor, “It’s just like the Cajun Navy. Everybody comes together. We’ve got farmers with heavy machinery, we’ve got neighbors with chainsaws, everybody comes together. We get through it like we do for every time we have a hurricane.”
When the numbers were tallied a grand total of 30 named storms formed in 2020 – a new record.
4 of them impacted Louisiana – the most of any state.
Nancy Loewer, branch, hurricane survivor, “It was hard with both those hurricanes back-to-back, lot of work cleaning up after all of them.”
The biggest takeaway from the 2020 hurricane season .
The next time you see these big, bright colors headed your way, they aren’t just colors.
Jason Nappi, Storm Track 15 Chief Meteorologist says, imagine neighborhoods, homes, and people’s lives being changed forever.
Picture that it could have been you trapped in this house under a tree.
It’s not too late to get a hurricane plan together with your family.
The N.H.C. attributes part of the record-shattering number to the warm phase of the Atlantic Multi-Decadal oscillation or A.M.O. For short.
Since 1995 we have been in a warm phase of the A.M.O., meaning we are at least halfway through a natural rise of sea surface temps.
Simply put, warmer S.S.T.'s means more fuel for the tropics...Where hurricanes are born.