Hurricane Season 2019
After eventful hurricanes like Irma, Michael, and Matthew, no Floridian is looking forward to yet another hurricane season. But as the 2019 season approaches, it’s time to put our lessons from past hurricanes to good use. Are you ready?
The 2019 hurricane season officially kicks off on June 1st and goes to November 30th. However, powerful storms can still form outside of the designated season. This season, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicts that we will see an average amount of storms, including:
- 9 to 15 named storms
- 4 to 8 hurricanes
- 2 to 4 major hurricanes
A named storm has winds of 39 miles per hour or higher, while wind speeds need to reach at least 74 MPH for a storm to be considered a hurricane. If a storm has wind speeds of 111 MPH or higher, it is a major hurricane. Hurricanes are measured by category, and storms that reach category 3, 4, or 5 are major hurricanes.
This Year’s Storms
According to the World Meteorological Organization, names are given to storms that reach a wind speed of 39 MPH. The names for this year’s storms include Chantal, Humberto, Karen, Nestor, Olga, Van, and Wendy. If you some sound familiar, this is because names are often reused. However, when a storm causes serious destruction, the name gets cut from the list. This means we won’t be seeing another Irma, Maria, Harvey, Katrina, or Sandy.
That doesn’t mean, however, that we won’t see another dangerous storm like Irma. While Florida enjoyed a long hurricane-free stretch up until 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 the past few hurricane seasons. 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.
- 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 2019 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 2019 will be a kinder hurricane season than previous years but right now, it’s important to prepare for the worst while still hoping for the best.
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