2019 Hurricane Season Panel

The 2019 hurricane season is upon us!  Are you prepared?   Last year a Category 5 storm hit the Panhandle.  It is time to prepare and protect your home and family before this season begins.



Chris Farrell
CBS12 Meteorologist
Chris has spent nearly all of his 30-year, weather forecast career with CBS12 in West Palm Beach! He came to CBS12 in June of 1990 after spending 7 years with WTVX34 in Fort Pierce.

He has flown on two, National Hurricane Center hurricane hunter missions. In those experiences he covered Tropical Storms Elena in 1985 and Floyd in 1990.

Currently he is on air at CBS12 weekday mornings and afternoons.  His forecasts are on “CBS12 News This Morning” from 4:30-7 AM and he is also the meteorologist on CBS12 News at noon.

Bill Orlove

Florida Power & Light

Bill is the Lead Communication Specialist/Spokesperson at Florida Power & Light. He will be discussing what measures the company is taking to prepare for this hurricane season and will touch on how you can get your power back on faster.  He will also talk about safety tips in the event of downed power lines.

Chief Brent Bloomfield

Emergency Manager & Assistant Fire Chief

Asst. Chief Bloomfield runs the Emergency Management Center in West Palm Beach and is responsible for organizing and executing all the evacuations and was the City’s Liaison with Palm Beach County’s Emergency Operations Center for Hurricane Matthew. Emergency Manager for the City of West Palm Beach for Hurricane Irma and Liaison for ESF 4 and 9 at the State of Florida EOC for Hurricane Michael.
Diana Matty

WPB  Fire Chief

West Palm Beach Fire Chief Diana Matty oversees all emergency response before, during and after a hurricane.  Chief Diana Matty, who was promoted from assistant fire chief after she moved up the ranks within West Palm Beach Fire Rescue. Chief Matty comes from a family of firefighters and plans to increase training for firefighters to ensure their safety on the job.

For more safety tips and up-to- the minute information about the 2019 Hurricane season visit our Storm Central page

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