June 2, 2012
“We believe there will be eight named storms with five of them intensifying into hurricanes.”
Tropical storms Alberto, Beryl get a jump on hurricane season The 2012 hurricane season is making itself known early, and homeowners are encouraged to prepare for as many as eight named tropical storms during the season. The nonprofit Weather Research Center expects Tropical Storm Helene to be the eighth and final named storm of the season. Five of those named tropical storms – Alberto, Beryl, Chris, Debby, Ernesto, Florence, Gordon and Helene – are predicted to intensify into hurricanes. Alberto and Beryl arrived ahead of the June 1 start of the hurricane season. Jill Hasling, a certified consulting meteorologist and president of the Weather Research Center in Houston, said there is a 46 percent chance of a Jill Hasling Category 3 or stronger hurricane to form this year in the Atlantic. There’s also a high chance that three additional tropical storms or hurricanes will make landfall somewhere along the United States coast. “We’re forecasting a 60 percent chance of a tropical storm or hurricane making landfall along the Gulf Coast from Louisiana to Key West, Fla., and along the Georgia to North Carolina coast during the 2012 hurricane season,” Hasling said in a May 22 statement. “We believe there will be eight named storms with five of them intensifying into hurricanes.” The Weather Research Center, founded in 1987, is also home to the national Weather Museum. It has an 89 percent forecast ac- The nonprofit Weather Research Center is forecasting a 60 percent chance of a tropical storm or hurricane making landfall along the Gulf Coast from Louisiana to Key West, Fla., and along the Georgia to North Carolina coast during the 2012 hurricane season, which began on June 1. curacy rate.
Updated Hillandale breast center to enhance care for women Women in South DeKalb, Rockdale and Newton counties now have a larger Comprehensive Breast Center at DeKalb Medical Hillandale in Lithonia. Hospital employees and physicians cut the ribbon on the newly renovated facility last month. The all-digital center, which supports women’s health and enhances the overall quality of patient care, nearly tripled in size to 4,170 square feet. The original breast center, which opened in 1998, was 1,600-square feet. The center, funded by the DeKalb Medical Foundation, features top-of-the-line equipment. It boasts extended nurse navigator hours, improved customer service, mammatome biopsy five days a week, more privacy and convenience for patients before procedures, new patient robes to replace gowns, and free parking and direct access to facility entrance. The expansion allows the staff to double the normal patient base in the coming fiscal year. For 2012, the breast center was expected to see 13,000 patients. With the expansion, that number is expected to double. The Comprehensive Breast Center is located at 2801 DeKalb Medical Parkway. The guardrails in the parking lot have been painted pink, making it easier to locate the facility. For more information or to schedule an appoint- Susan Harris, vice president and administrator of DeKalb Medical Hillandale (from left); Dr. Dominique J. Smith, chief of staff; Dr. Gordon L. ment, call 404-501-2660. Hixson Jr., chief radiologist at DeKalb Medical; and Ellis Carter, Radiology Department manager, cut the ribbon at the renovated breast center.
CrossRoadsNews, June 2, 2012