It often feels as though it was only yesterday that Hurricane Irma rocked our shores and devastated our area, and it's sometimes hard to believe that it is going on two years since she made landfall. The past couple of years have been active in terms of tropical storms, hurricanes and tropical depressions, and we're starting to get some insight on what this year is going to bring. Will Hurricane Season 2019 be an active one? Experts are saying not likely. Here's an early prediction of Hurricane Season 2019 and what to expect.
Hurricane Season 2019: The Storms
It's predicted that 2019 may just bring us the break that we desperately need when it comes to predicted named storms and dangerous weather patterns. Although many Southwest Florida residents are now cleaned up and put back together after Hurricane Irma, that's not the case for some, which makes a light hurricane season a welcomed change amongst many residents. According to research conducted at Colorado State University, there is a lower chance for destructive storms this season, which is due in part by projected weather patterns. The University has narrowed it down to about five predicted storms of varying intensity, which is far lower than previous years.
Factors Contributing to a Calmer Season
Contributing factors to this quieter Hurricane Season are due in part to a developing El Nino and cooler waters in the Atlantic. You see, hurricanes need warm water to form. Cooler waters; however, make the environment less conducive to hurricane formation. That's why we typically don't see as much action in June as we tend to see in September. After a few months of rising temperatures, the water gets warmer and warmer, making it the perfect breeding ground for hurricanes.
Early Preparation for Hurricane Season 2019
There's no such thing as being too prepared for Hurricane Season. In fact, having a proper hurricane preparedness plan in place is crucial to ensuring your safety during storm time. Technically, Hurricane Season doesn't begin until June 1st, which means that you still have a little bit of time to get prepared. This means having a solid hurricane plan and a proper hurricane kit at the ready, which includes items such as:
- Non-perishable foods
- Flashlights & extra batteries
- First aid kit
It's important to know your evacuation plan if you should need to evacuate and have adequate hurricane protection for your home. Failing to do so can result in catastrophic damage to your home, threatening the safety of you and your family. If you take these steps now and get organized prior to the start of Hurricane Season, even if predictions call for a less active season, you'll be one step closer to safety should a hurricane rear its ugly head.
It's also important to note that these predictions are early predictions, which means that much can change as we head into actual Hurricane Season, so be sure to keep updated on the latest advancements and predictions for this year.
For help getting your home ready for Hurricane Season 2019, contact the team at Naples Shutter for all of your hurricane protection needs. We're here to help keep you and your family safe!