The 2018 Hurricane Season is Almost Here

After last year’s eventful hurricane season, no one is looking forward to another round of storms. But as the 2018 season approaches, it’s time to put those lessons from last season into good use.

Hurricane Season Is Almost Here

The 2018 hurricane season officially kicks off on June 1st and goes until November 30th. However, powerful storms can still form outside of the designated season. In fact, the heavy rain we’re currently experiencing could turn into a tropical cyclone, even though it’s only May. While there is still a low chance of the development, it’s a reminder that nature doesn’t always follow our rules!

The 2018 hurricane season is expected to follow in 2017’s footsteps with a few massive, dangerous storms. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), we should expect to see 10 to 16  named storms. Of those, 1 to 4 are predicted to become major storms, meaning a category 3 or higher.

Hello Again

When it comes to the names of 2018’s storms, you might see some that look familiar. According to the World Meteorological Organization, names are given to tropical storms that reach a sustained wind speed of at least 39 miles per hour. Oftentimes, the World Meteorological Organization reuses names. For example, Beryl and Isaac, which are both on the 2018 list, also appeared on the 2012 list of names. But when a storm causes serious destruction, the name is knocked from the list. This means we won’t be seeing another Irma, Maria, or Harvey.

That doesn’t mean, however, that we won’t see another dangerous storm like Irma. While Florida enjoyed a long hurricane-free stretch from 2005 until Hurricane Matthew in 2016, recent years have shown us that luck won’t always protect us. In fact, our recent lack of experience likely contributed to the high stress during Hurricane Irma, as many people avoided evacuation until the last minute or failed to properly prepare. When the storm hit, this left many people stuck without an evacuation plan and caused horrendous traffic as Floridians tried to make last-minute evacuations out of the state.

Hopefully we’ve learned our lesson from Hurricane Irma, which killed 80 people and caused at least $50 billion in damages. We might still be a few weeks away from hurricane season, but if you haven’t already, now is the time to start gathering emergency supplies and locating shelters or planning evacuation routes, and to make sure everyone in your household knows what to do if a hurricane strikes.

Pre-Hurricane Preparation Tips

  • Have an emergency evacuation plan in place. It’s important to have a few evacuation options, since the storm could come from various directions. Know that heavy flooding could close certain roads, so have a backup plan.
  • Pack an emergency kit. This should include flashlights and batteries, a first aid kit, copies of important information, and bottled water
  • Before the start of hurricane season, trim tree branches, and remove any dead or dying branches.
  • Consider purchasing a generator
  • Immediately obey evacuation orders

Throughout the 2018 hurricane season, we’ll keep you posted on everything from tropical updates to how to drive during rainy conditions, so please stay tuned to our blog and Facebook page! We can only hope that 2018 will be a kinder hurricane season than last year—but right now, it’s important to prepare for the worst while still hoping for the best.

Get Ready!

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