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."
For 2018, NOAA forecasters predict a 75 percent likelihood of a near-or-above normal season (and a 35% chance of an above-normal season). NOAA predicts 10 to 16 named storms, with about 5 to 9 of these storms possibly becoming hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher), including 1 to 4 major hurricanes (Category 3, 4 or 5; winds of 111 mph or higher). According to NOAA, "an average season produces 12 named storms of which six become hurricanes, including three major hurricanes."
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/media-release/forecasters-predict-near-or-above-normal-2018-atlantic-hurricane-season
- Flood warnings: http://water.weather.gov/ahps/
- The Weather Channel's Hurricane Central: http://www.weather.com/storms/hurricane