San Diego Long Overdue for Hurricane

By R. Stickney
|  Wednesday, Jun 1, 2011  |  Updated 9:04 AM PDT
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San Diegans have earthquake kits and wildfire kits but now one tropical weather expert suggests we prepare for a hurricane as well. Apparently, our city is long overdue.

Weather.com forecaster Rick Knabb has listed the cities that have gone the longest without a direct hit from the core of a “significant” hurricane.

He has listed San Diego as second in the list of cities most overdue for a damaging or even devastating hurricane.

America’s Finest City has witnessed destructive wildfires, quakes and even tornadoes but did you know that long ago, before satellite images and film, a hurricane struck the coast resulting in extensive property damage?

The date was Oct. 2, 1858. Another hurricane hasn’t hit California since, Knapp writes, thanks to the cool ocean temperatures that flow north from the southern tip of Baja California.

“It is my hope that by reminding everyone in all hurricane-vulnerable locations, including these cities that have been fortunate for a long time, that a hurricane could directly strike them,” Knabb writes.

“Yes, it could be that bad. And as you’ll see, emergency managers responsible for these areas take the threat seriously.”

Learn more about how you can protect your home from the destructive winds associated with hurricanes in the full article on MSNBC.

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