The Atlantic hurricane season will officially start on June 1st, meaning there is no better time than the present to make sure your facility is prepared. The projected forecast for the Atlantic hurricane season is less active than the 2016 season, with a total of 12 named storms, six (6) hurricanes, and two (2) major hurricanes expected. Another factor in this forecast is the potential development of an El Nino Southern Oscillation sometime during the season, in their last update NOAA put the odds of development at 50%
It is important to note that there is no strong correlation between the number of storms and the number of U.S. landfalls, so facilities on the Atlantic coast should prepare regardless of the forecast. As part of their Weather Ready Nation initiative, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has compiled a robust collection of useful links and helpful tips for last week’s Hurricane Preparedness Week, accessible here: https://www.weather.gov/wrn/hurricane-preparedness .