Hurricane Season Will Be Mild This Year, NOAA Predicts

Prepare for a hurricane

After months and months of unrelenting snow and winter storms, there is finally some good news in terms of the weather. The upcoming hurricane season will be an especially mild one, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Climate Prediction Center (NOAA) reports. “The coming Atlantic hurricane season probably will have fewer storms than normal for the third year running — thanks in part to El NiƱo,” CNN explains. Just three to six storms are likely to form. Even so, being ill-prepared for a hurricane is always a mistake.

Expect The Unexpected

First and most importantly, the NOAA warns that such a prediction is just that — a prediction — and it may or may not be a true reflection of what ultimately happens. Even if conditions appear to be favorable and mild, it is still possible for serious and debilitating storms to develop. Even so, the “NOAA predicts 70% odds the season’s tallies will end up below normal, the highest such odds since 1998,” CBS reports, so the odds are pretty good. It may be an entirely different story for Eastern Pacific hurricanes, however. Reports actually predict Eastern Pacific hurricanes as above-normal this year, although they rarely affect the U.S. — and, if they do, these storms typically only hit the state of Hawaii.

Simple And Effective Ways To Get Ready

No matter what, it is wise to be prepared. Even a single high magnitude storm has a tremendous capacity for damage and harm. Storm protection (that is, preparing your home for a hurricane) can be pretty straightforward. Remove any broken trees or heavy, fallen tree limbs prior to hurricane season. Protect windows and glass doors with colonial hurricane shutters, exterior storm shutters, and/or rolling hurricane shutters. Most importantly, watch weather broadcasts and be prepared to leave — and leave quickly — if storms get out of hand.

While it is likely to be one of the mildest hurricane seasons in years, preparing your home for a hurricane and being ready to leave if storms go from bad to worse is always best.

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