Well, it is that time of the year again… Hurricane season! June 1st marked the first official day of hurricane season. To be exact, hurricane season runs from June 1st through November 30th. For Floridians as well as other coastal state residents, all eyes and attention shift to the Gulf of Mexico, Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean. So what are the experts predicting for the 2023 hurricane season? Regardless, these predictions should not alter your annual preparations that should be underway anyhow. Nonetheless, we share the latest below.
Another active hurricane season?
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is forecasting a near-average season with 12-17 named storms (winds of 39 mph or higher), five to nine hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher), and one to four major hurricanes (category 3, 4 or 5; with winds of 111 mph or higher). According to NOAA, there is a 70% confidence in these ranges. This hurricane season is based on a number of factors, including sea surface temperatures, atmospheric conditions, and the El Niño-La Niña cycle. Sea surface temperatures in the Atlantic Ocean are currently above average, which is a favorable condition for hurricane formation. However, the El Niño-La Niña cycle is currently neutral, which could dampen hurricane activity.
Tips for hurricane season preparedness
- Create a hurricane plan and make sure everyone in your family knows what to do.
- Have a disaster kit that includes food, water, first aid supplies, and other essentials.
- Stay informed about the latest weather conditions and forecasts.
- If a hurricane warning is issued, evacuate if you are in a vulnerable area.
- Monitor the weather forecast closely and be prepared to evacuate if necessary.
- If you live in a coastal area, consider buying flood insurance.
- Have a plan for how you will communicate with family and friends if you are separated during a hurricane.
- Be prepared to lose power and water for several days.
- Have a first aid kit and other supplies on hand.
- Be aware of the dangers of downed power lines and flooding.
The upcoming Atlantic hurricane season is expected to be less active than recent years, due to competing factors. Nonetheless, residents of coastal areas such as throughout Florida should not let their guard down. As always, it is important to have a comprehensive plan to ensure the safety of you and your family.