It is always interesting to hear questions from trade show patrons regarding the Valley's vulnerability to hurricanes. At some point we even have retirees saying they rather winter in Florida because the Valley has too many tropical storms and hurricanes.
This cannot be further from the truth. While the Valley has experienced some bad hurricanes, they usually happen after 20 years or more from each other. The Valley is a great place to spend time year - round, not only in the Winter. If there is a month we do not enjoy, this would be August due to its high humidity and heat. The Dog Days happen in August, and it is best to stay indoors. But even then, there are plenty of choices for indoor activities, so life goes on as happily as ever.
We want to share the following post regarding a list of the 10 Places Most at Risk of Hurricanes, so folks planning retirement in the Rio Grande Valley can have a realistic idea of the area's risk of bad hurricanes.
The article states: People living in 10 largely rural counties in the Deep South and near the Gulf Coast are those most vulnerable to hurricanes, according to recent research by Direct Relief, a California-based non-profit organization.
Not strictly focused on where hurricanes hit land, the group looked at the relationship between the frequency and intensity of hurricanes relative to social vulnerability – with factors such as poverty, access to social services, an aging population and higher mobility problems – being taken into account.
Read the full article here.