Weathering Summer Storms
The spring season is known for the potential to see stormy weather across the United States, but that threat still exists through the summer months. In fact, the potential for sever weather actually increases in some areas. June 1st signals the beginning of hurrican season in the atlantic and runs through November 30th. The Eastern Pacific hurricane season begins May 15th also ending November 30th.
While it may be difficult to prepare for the unpredictable, you can take necessary steps to protect your home and business now to ensure you are ready if disaster strikes.
Hurricanes are one of nature’s most fierce and unpredictable forces. According to the National Weather Service, an average of eleven tropical storms develop over the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico each year. Many remain over the ocean and never impact the U.S. coast line. Six of these storms become hurricanes each year. Hurricanes can produce additional hazards including storm surge, high winds, tornadoes and flooding. It is important to be prepared for all of these threats.
Know if you are located in an evacuation area. Know your vulnerability to storm surge, flooding and wind. Have a written plan based on this knowledge; inventory your personal and business property.
Check your emergency supplies, replace batteries and stock necessary supplies.
During the season, monitor the tropics. If a storm threatens, heed advice from local authorities. Evacuate if ordered.
Unlike hurricanes, tornadoes can affect any region of the United States, though some area are more likely than others. “Peak” season run May through July, but tornadoes can occur any time of the year, if conditions are favorable. Around 1,000 tornadoes hit the United States anually. Damage is usually caused by strong tornadic winds that can reach 300 mph. It is important to be prepared if a tornado watch or warning is issued for your area, and to know the difference.
- Tornado Watch: Tornadoes are possible in and near the watch area. Reivew and discuss your emergency plan and check supplies. Be ready to act quickly if a warning is issued or you suspect a tornado is approaching. Acting early helps save lives.
- Tornado Warning: A tornado has been sighted or indicated by weather radar. Warnings indicate imminent danger to life and property. Go immediately to a storm cellar, basement, or interior room suchs as a closet, hallway or bathroom.
For more tips, please visit the National Weather Service’s website.