Staying Prepared During Peak Hurricane Season
The Atlantic hurricane season has already been extremely busy. The NOAA just recently updated the anticipated number of storms to 25 names. Just within this week, there are two systems forming in the Atlantic with an 80% chance of developing. This is no surprise as August and September are peak months in the season. Now is when we may see much more activity in the Atlantic heading our way. Why is this the case?
Wind shear and temperature of the ocean can create the perfect environment for a strong hurricane. Wind shear is the difference in wind speed or direction. Strong wind shear is what impedes a tropical cyclone, hurricane or tropical storm, from becoming a major threat. Summer months like August and September mean warmer, moist air and warmer ocean temperatures. During peak season low wind shear combined with warm tropic oceans will help fuel any tropical cyclone. Some experts also believe climate change creates bigger and slower storms. A large, slow hurricane may mean that the storm can sit over a particular area for days with unrelenting rainfall and winds.
If you’re tempted to pack away your hurricane kit, don’t do so just yet. Local officials and experts urge residents and businesses to remain prepared and vigilant into these months. In fact, September is National Preparedness Month. Family and community disaster planning are encouraged through this month to limit the impacts that an emergency event may have. Even if you believe you are ready, we have all learned in the face of the current pandemic to always expect the unexpected. Check your kit, review your plan, and talk to your friends and family. Do this every few weeks or so, to stay prepared for a hurricane or tropical storm in West Palm Beach. As experts in dealing with disasters and storm damage we can agree with the National Preparedness Month theme: “ Disasters Don’t Wait. Make Your Plan Today.”