The 2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season officially begins June 1, 2016, and will end November 30, 2016. These dates historically describe the period each year when most tropical cyclones form in the Atlantic basin and are used as guidelines as to when hurricanes are most likely to occur. However, the formation of tropical cyclones is possible at any time of the year as illustrated by Hurricane Alex. This season started exceptionally early, in mid–January, with Hurricane Alex forming in the Northeastern Atlantic near Bermuda and Azores. There has been diverse speculation regarding the upcoming hurricane season as being anywhere from near-normal to hyperactive, citing a combination of factors including a possible transition from El Niño to La Niña conditions. The most recent forecast of April 15 by North Carolina State University predicts the season to be very active with 15-18 named storms, 8-11 hurricanes and 3-5 major hurricanes.
Be Prepared for a Hurricane
Both the east and west coasts have the potential of facing a hurricane and/or a tropical storm. Whether you have a business, own or operate a resort, own personal property on the east coast, gulf or even the west coast it is vital to have a plan in place well in advance of possible catastrophic events. Proper planning can protect you and your family, your employees, your guests or customers, and your business.
History teaches that a lack of hurricane awareness and preparedness are common threads among all major hurricane disasters. By knowing your vulnerability and what actions you should take, you can be better prepared for a major hurricane or tropical storm.
Hurricane hazards come in many forms including storm surge when ocean waters flood the shore, heavy rainfall that may cause flooding near and even hundreds of miles from the coast, high winds with the force to topple trees, roofs and whole buildings, tornadoes that whip away everything in their path, and deadly rip currents that can pull swimmers out to sea on beaches even hundreds of miles away from a hurricane zone. The National Weather Service is responsible for protecting life and property by issuing timely watches and warnings, but it is essential that you are prepared before a storm approaches.
Be prepared. View the following: Impending Hurricane Preparation-Checklist
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