The hurricane season officially begins tomorrow (June 1) and runs through November 30. As if the country needed anymore natural disasters involving wind and rain.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recently released its seasonal outlook for the Atlantic basin. And things are looking grim.

According to the report, we’re in for an above-normal hurricane season this year. Specific predictions include:

  • 12 to 18 named storms, of which:
  • 6 to 10 could become hurricanes (winds of 39 mph or higher), including:
  • 3 to 6 major hurricanes (Category 3, 4 or 5; winds of 111 mph or higher).
  • Although we saw some decent tropical storm and hurricane activity last year, for the most part those storms veered away from the coastline, sparing many homes in the process.

    Will we be as lucky this year? I cannot predict the weather, but I can caution homeowners to take all available steps to prepare for the season. This means:

  • Learn how to protect your home from high winds
  • Read up on emergency board up steps for the home
  • Have a disaster kit ready
  • Let’s hope the NOAA prediction is off this year and it stays quiet and dry along our coastlines.

    Credit: NOAA Website