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Hurricane Expo prepares Valley residents for next storm

June 5, 2017 GMT

WESLACO — South Texas College Mid-Valley Campus and Magic Valley Electric Cooperative in-conjunction of the National Weather Service in Brownsville hosted the Rio Grande Valley Hurricane Ready Expo on Saturday.

Jeremy Hinck, South Texas College physical science professor and event coordinator said the main reason for the event was to reach out to the 1.3 million RGV residents about resources available to them.

“The people need to know that there is help and hopefully this is a stepping stone for them to get resources.” Hinck said. “People need to understand the strength of the storm and ask questions of what should I expect? Should I stay or go?”

The Hurricane Ready Expo featured a meteorologist panel that included KGBT’s Bryan Hale, KRGV’s Tim Smith, and Tania Leal from Telemundo in conjunction with moderator Alex Garcia from Central Texas.

The meteorologists also gave tips, such as KRGV’s Chief Meteorologist Tim Smith “Nobody knows your home better than you” and Telemundo’s meteorologist Tania Leal said, “Always be prepared, have a plan.”

Darren Reyna, 8, from Edinburg attended with his grandma Noelia Luna as part of his birthday gift and plans to be a meteorologist one day.

“He (Darren) likes meteorology and has model tornadoes.” Luna said. “He’s always looking for guides and maps.”

“It’s important for people to know when severe weather comes, so they can be prepared in case of a natural disaster.” Reyna said.

Weslaco Fire Department was also on-hand to show what role they would play during a hurricane or any given storm.

Raymondville resident, Richard Flores took his three nephews to teach them the tips and tricks before, during and after a hurricane occurs.

“I want them to be aware of the danger a hurricane can bring and to be prepared and not to be scared of first responders.” Flores said.

Cyclone Chaser, Josh Morgerman was a featured speaker at the event.

Morgerman, a storm chaser for more than 20 years, began chasing storms all around the world and said that it’s almost like an addiction.

“No two hurricanes are alike; some are smaller and others are bigger. Some are scarier while others are not so scary.” Morgerman said.

“Even though you all only got tropical storms, you guys are getting complacent. Having events like this, thinking about it, talking about it, this is very good.” Morgerman said.

American Red Cross, Hidalgo County Drainage District, Walmart, Home Depot and Lowe’s others were also in attendance to provide their services and help others.

For more information on, Stormchaser Josh Morgerman visit him on www.twitter.com/iCyclone or Facebook www.facebook.com/iCyclone/