With the official start of hurricane season now less then a week away, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced last week its forecast for the 2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season.
The U.S. is primarily affected by the Atlantic Hurricane Season, which officially starts June 1 and runs through November 30 of each year. However, tropical systems can and do develop outside the offical season. August, September and October contain 78% of all Tropical Storm days, 86% of all minor hurricanes and 96% of all major hurricane events according to Wikipedia.
For the 2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season the federal agency has predicted a below average to near-average season, with between 8 and 13 named storms, three to six of which will become hurricanes, with one to two of those potentially growing to major hurricanes of category three or higher.
Although NOAA has predicted a quiet 2014 storm season, agency heads have also belabored the point not to become complacent or lured into a false sense of security, because one bad storm can be absolutely devastating.
Some precautions to always take during hurricane season regardless of the forecast include preparing a first aid kit, gathering some bottled water and important documents such as your driver’s license, social security cards and insurance information. A flashlight, batteries and a battery-powered radio are also essential items to gather. It is also wise to have an evacuation plan established beforehand.
Additional tips can be found by visiting the Franklin County Emergency Management or FEMA websites. The more prepared you are for a disaster the better off you and your family will be.
NAMED STORMS FOR THE 2014 ATLANTIC HURRICANE SEASON: