01 Jul What You Need to Know About the 2020 Hurricane Season
As you likely already know, hurricane season lasts from June 1 through the end of November, and this year, the season kicked off somewhat early when Tropical Storm Arthur reared its head on May 15. Tropical Storm Bertha showed up roughly 3 weeks later, and Tropical Storm Cristobal began to swirl on June 3.
As far as what’s expected to happen between now and Nov. 30, the experts at the Department of Atmospheric Science at Colorado State University (CSU) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration project the following:
Current climate conditions (ie: El Niño conditions) are expected to spur an above-average hurricane season, and the federal government projects there will be 13-19 named storms. It’s further believed that at least six, and perhaps as many as 10, will become hurricanes. Between 3 and 6 of those storms have the potential to become Category 3, 4 or 5 hurricanes.
In contrast, average seasons net roughly 12 named storms, up to 6 hurricanes and 3 major hurricanes.
Although it’s expected this year will be an above-average storm season, that’s not to say that all of the storms are expected to make landfall.
What you can do to protect your home
The best thing you can do for the 2020 season is to plan ahead. If you’re staying in SWFL, this involves packing a “go-bag” with items such as medications, first-aid supplies, flashlights, batteries, a battery-powered radio, cell phone charges, maps, bottled water and non-perishable food items. Be sure to plot a driving route and decide where you’ll seek shelter in the event you need to evacuate.
If you have pets, be sure to pack pet foot bowls, pet food, bedding, toys and medications, if needed.
It may also be worth investing in storm shutters or impact windows.
However, if you’re planning on spending your summer out of the sunshine state, you may want to consider hiring a home watch service. At Gulf Shore Home Watch & Concierge we have years of experience in helping homeowners protect their SWFL homes when they’re not here to look after the property themselves. In addition to helping our clients ready their homes in advance of a storm, we will visit your property after the storm passes to provide you with an up-to-date report.
For more information on the benefits of working with a SWFL home watch service, call Gulf Shore Home Watch & Concierge today to learn more.