What you need to stay safe this 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season
Historically hurricanes have caused a great deal of damage to human lives, personal property, and city infrastructure. WeatherBug’s meteorologists are “predicting nine to 13 named storms to form, with three to six becoming hurricanes and two to three of those hurricanes becoming major hurricanes with sustained winds of at least 111 mph” for the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season. It is critical to be prepared for the safety of you and your loved ones when these major hurricanes form.
WeatherBug’s meteorologists predict that El Niño will impact the number of hurricanes this year, because the “increased wind shear, or winds changing direction and intensity with altitude, in the Atlantic Hurricane Basin” will make it difficult for tropical cyclones to develop and grow. But be warned, it only takes one big storm to cause major destruction as we had experience with Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
This year requires extra caution because 2017 is the third consecutive year when the hurricane season has started earlier than scheduled, which began with Tropical Storm Arlene which formed on April 19th. Meteorologists from the NOAA, National Hurricane Center, and WeatherBug all agree the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season should have officially began on June 1st, but were surprised when Tropical Storm Arlene formed which was the second named tropical cyclone to ever form in April.
Tropical cyclones are also known by many different names, such as tropical storms, tropical depressions, and typhoons. Tropical cyclones are storm systems that have low-pressure centers and closed, low-level rotations. They are accompanied by very strong winds and heavy rains produced from a spiral configuration of thunderstorms.
When preparing for these hurricanes, storms, and cyclones, you should prepare a hurricane kit and educate your family on its contents and how they should be used. Some items to consider when building your hurricane kit are:
Bottled Water – you should pack enough for at least three days
First-Aid Kit – including any and all prescription medications you are currently using
Personal Care – hygienic/sanitation products such as toothpaste and brush, toiletries
Flashlight – either a manual crank-powered one or battery-powered with extra batteries
Radio – solar-powered, crank-powered or battery-powered with extra batteries
Money, Important Documents – store these in a waterproof container
Emergency Food Rations – dried goods, freeze dried meals, canned goods, and MRE’s
Recreational Items – books, magazines, board or card games to fill time
Baby Supplies – formula, diapers, baby wipes, extra clothes, and blankets
No one wants to experience the disruption or destruction that can result from a hurricane, but being prepared can relieve stress and may even save your life. WeatherBug’s Hurricane Center can help you be prepared for these storms with all the latest news and updates on hurricanes, tropical storms, and tropical cyclones that are forming in the Atlantic hurricane basin. When the hurricane does arrive, be sure to use WeatherBug’s real-time Doppler radar so you know where the hurricane is at all times, and know when it is safe to come outside.
Check out WeatherBug’s Hurricane Center here.