If you’ve ever experienced a hurricane, you know the immense power and potential destruction they can bring. Winds may exceed 100 MPH causing downed trees and power lines, as well as debris to take flight. Hurricanes also bring the potential of “storm surges” along coastlines which may inundate coastal communities.
Officially speaking, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) tells us that the hurricane season for the Atlantic region begins June 1st and ends November 30th.However, NOAA reports that the peak of the season is typically "mid-August through mid-October...accounting for 78 percent of the tropical storm days, 87 percent of the category 1 and 2 hurricane days (Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale), and a whopping 96 percent of the major (category 3, 4 and 5) hurricane days."
NOAA also states that this year there is a "70 percent likelihood of 10 to 16 named storms." An additional concern for the 2016 hurricane season are the sea surface temperatures in the Gulf of Mexico; which, according to Weather.com are "running just under 2 degrees Fahrenheit above average, and that could mean more fuel for tropical storms and hurricanes if the season becomes more active."
How to Prepare
The best time to prepare is well before a hurricane is expected. Without the pressure of rapid, stopgap measures, one can efficiently and methodically prepare their home in a cost-effective manner. Property Casualty Insurers Assoc. of America offers valuable advice to help homeowners safely prepare their home for hurricane season. To learn more, please visit: The Calm Before the Storm.
- Property Casualty Insurers Assoc. of America (PCI) Hurricane Headquarters: http://www.pciaa.net/media-center/pci-at-work/hurricane-headquarters
- Ready.gov—Hurricane Readiness: http://www.ready.gov/hurricanes
- NOAA Atlantic Tropical Weather Summary: http://www.noaa.gov/near-normal-atlantic-hurricane-season-most-likely-year
- Flood warnings: http://water.weather.gov/ahps/
- The Weather Channel's Hurricane Central: http://www.weather.com/storms/hurricane