The 2016 Atlantic hurricane season hasn’t officially started – it begins on June 1st – but we’ve already seen one named storm and could see a lot more, according to one resource.
The Weather Company thinks that the upcoming hurricane season could be the most active season we’ve seen since 2012. According to their forecast, there could be a total of 14 named storms, eight hurricanes, and three major hurricanes this year.
If that happens, it would be higher than the 30-year average of 12 named storms, six hurricanes, and three major hurricanes. A major hurricane is defined as being a Category 3 or stronger storm.
The pros at Colorado State University differ slightly from The Weather Company; they predicted just 13 named storms, six hurricanes, and two major hurricanes.
Either way, this year’s season could be more active than what we’ve seen lately. Florida in particular has been lucky over the past few years; the last major hurricane to hit the Sunshine State was Hurricane Wilma, back in October 2005. That storm was a Category 3 hurricane that made landfall at Cape Romano and was the most intense tropical cyclone ever recorded in the Atlantic. It was responsible for 35 direct deaths and $20.6 billion in damage.
With that in mind, the state is probably overdue for a major hurricane. That isn’t to say it’ll happen this year, but at some point, it will happen.
To prepare themselves, homeowners need to make sure they’re up to date on hurricane insurance. They also need to prep their homes with storm-proof doors and windows, as well as hurricane shutters and screens.
A contractor that specializes in hurricane-proofing homes can be extremely useful. I work with these contractors on a regular basis on behalf of my clients, and I know how effective their work can be when it comes to protecting a property.
If you haven’t taken those steps yet, don’t delay – this year’s storms are only a month away.