Floridians recognize the month of June as not only the beginning of summer, but also as the start of hurricane season. NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, predicts that the 2019 Atlantic hurricane season will be considered near normal. Here is what we can expect:
- Between 9 and 15 named storms
- Approximately 4 to 8 hurricanes
- Between 2 and 4 will become major hurricanes
Hurricane season starts June 1st and ends November 30th. A typical season will produce approximately 12 named storms, of which, six will become hurricanes. Out of those six, three will turn out to be major hurricanes. NOAA’s 2019 prediction falls in line with a typical hurricane season. What is the difference between an average hurricane and a major one? An average hurricane will have winds of 74 mph or higher. Major hurricanes have winds of 111 mph or higher.
In addition to stocking up on batteries, flashlights, and non perishables, it’s just as important for Floridians to be aware of their local resources. Visit the National Hurricane Center to learn how to protect your family this season with a basic disaster supplies kit and a family emergency plan. You will also find information about the American Red Cross and other emergency management agencies on this site. Learn about flood maps and your property’s risk of flood on FEMA.gov. Lastly, the National Weather Service will keep you informed about your local weather, including any hurricane and tropical storm watches and advisories.
Wishing our fellow Floridians a wonderful summer and a safe and uneventful hurricane season!