According to the recently publicized CNN Newsource, the US Atlantic hurricane season is finally here. CNN announced that the 2021 US hurricane season starts on June 1st and runs until November 30th, 2021. Analysts expect the hurricane to cover diverse areas like the Atlantic Ocean, the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico.
US Federal authorities expect as many as 10 hurricanes to form in the next 5 months. The National Weather Service’s announcement clarifies that this is the time to prepare for the hurricanes.
The National Weather Service describes a hurricane as “a tropical cyclone cruising at the maximum sustained winds at the speed of 74 mph or higher (64 knots).” Authorities rate hurricanes according to sustained winds intensity. They commonly use the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. This scale estimates the potential damage to property (rating from 1-5).
According to these ratings, whatever is higher than category 3 is deemed as a major hurricane. The National Hurricane Center advises everyone to be ready and prepared. The US usually experiences 7 hurricanes in the average season.
Further, AccuWeather and the Weather Channel all forecast “a busier than usual” season of hurricanes. Notably, should all predictions come to pass, it would be the 6th consecutive season for such “above-average activity.”
The Hurricane Center’s Predictions
On April 8th, 2021, there was a prediction by the Colorado State University Tropical Meteorology Project Team announcing an above-average Atlantic hurricane season. The team predicted the occurrence of 17 storms, including 8 hurricanes.
On May 20th, 2021, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicted there was a 60% possibility for the occurrence of an above normal season. NOAA announced this in collaboration with the Climate Prediction Center (CPC). NOAA also forecast that there was a 70% chance for 13-20 named storms; 6 of this could evolve into 3-5 hurricanes.
How to Prepare for the Hurricanes
How should you prepare? According to the National Weather Service, it’s best to prepare when there’s time- thus, you are not pressured by the approaching storm. Consider these tips to prepare for the predicted hurricanes:
Find out if you live in a hurricane evacuation zone. Plan in advance where you’d go and precisely how to get there. Keep in mind that you’ll need supplies; these will help you survive the storms. You also need supplies to make it through the lengthy post-hurricane aftermath.
Make sure you have enough water, medicine, and non-perishable food. Ensure you have enough food to last everyone at least 3 days (2 weeks is recommended). Also, since you might run out of electricity and water for some time, carry extra cash, flashlights, and a battery-powered radio. You’ll also need a solar-powered USB charger or a portable crank for your cell phones.
Keep Your Home Safe
Call your insurance company and ask the agent for an insurance checkup. This will help you secure enough homeowners insurance to replace or repair your home. Remember to secure coverage for your car or boat. Don’t forget that a homeowner’s insurance does not cover flooding.
If you prefer to ride out the storm at home, ensure the home is in good repair. Make sure your home adheres to the local hurricane building code standards. Ensure you have proper plywood, aluminum panels, and steel to board up your doors and windows. Also, remember to buy a powerful generator for hurricane to take you through the hurricane and its possible aftermath. This is undoubtedly a good idea.
If you do this, you’ll keep safe throughout the hurricane season – do not take chances, secure your family and your home.