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WHAT TO EXPECT THIS YEAR: PREDICTIONS FOR 2020 HURRICANE SEASON

EACH YEAR SEVERAL DIFFERENT FORECASTERS INCLUDING THE WEATHER COMPANY, COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY, NOAA AND TROPICAL STORM RISK (BASED OUT OF THE UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON) MAKE THEIR PREDICTIONS FOR THE UPCOMING HURRICANE SEASON.

THIS YEAR, THE EXPERTS ALL AGREE THAT THE CONDITIONS ARE RIGHT FOR ABOVE-AVERAGE TROPICAL STORMS AND HURRICANES. FORECASTS CITE THE ABSENCE OF EL NINO AS A PRIMARY FACTOR.
FROM 1981 — 2010, THE AVERAGE NUMBER OF NAMED STORMS IN THE ATLANTIC BASIN HAS BEEN 13; LAST YEAR THERE WAS A TOTAL OF 18 NAMED STORMS, FOUR OF WHICH WERE CATEGORY 3 OR HIGHER.

The Weather Company
• 18 Named Storms (average 12)
• 9 Hurricanes (average 6.5)
• 4 Major Hurricanes (winds greater than 115 mph/average 2)

Colorado State’s Forecast
• 16 Named Storms (average 12)
• 8 Hurricanes (average 6.5)
• 4 Major Hurricanes (average 2)
https://engr.source.colostate.edu/csu-researchers-predicting-active-2020-atlantic-hurricane-season/

Tropical Storm Risks Forecast
• 16 Named Storms (average 12)
• 8 Hurricanes (average 6.5)
• 3 Major Hurricanes (average 2)
https://www.tropicalstormrisk.com/

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration forecast
• 13-19 Named Storms (average 12)
• 6-10 Hurricanes (average 6.5)
• 3-6 Major Hurricanes (average 2)
https://www.noaa.gov/media-release/busy-atlantic-hurricane-season-predicted-for-2020

View this link to determine if you live in or near a hurricane evacuation area. http://flash.org/2017EvacuationZones.pdf

GETTING PREPARED FOR HURRICANE SEASON: MAKE AN EMERGENCY KIT

  • Water (one gallon a day for each person for two weeks)
  • Non-perishable food
  • Medications and medical records
  • First aid kit
  • Medical supplies and batteries
  • Important documents
  • Cellphone chargers
  • Multi-purpose tool
  • Personal hygiene necessities
  • Cash (ATMs and credit card machines may not function immediately after a storm)
  • Sentimental or special items for infants, elderly or disabled family members
  • Sleeping bags and blankets
  • Pet supplies (collar, leash, ID, food, carrier, bowls
  • Maps
  • Battery powered radio
  • Flashlight
  • Whistle (to signal for help if needed)
  • Dust masks, plastic sheets and duct tape (to filter contaminated air and build shelter)
  • Manual can opener
  • Extra clothing and rain gear

Hurricane kit resource links:

http://www.redcross.org/news/article/hi/honolulu/Hurricane-Preparedness
http://abc13.com/weather/hurricane-preparedness-101-what-you-in-your-kit/1972348/
http://salvationarmyhouston.org/news/hurricane-preparedness/

Ever wondered how tropical storms are named?

  1. The World Meteorological Organization assigns names to tropical storms that reach a sustained wind speed of 39 miles per hour. To be called a hurricane, sustained wind speeds must be 74 miles per hour or higher.
  2. The first tropical storm that attains a sustained wind speed of at least 39 miles per hour in any calendar year is given the storm name beginning with an “A” from that year’s list. Subsequent storms will have the B name, C name, and so on in alphabetical order.
  3. There are six lists of storm names which recycle every six years. However, the names of storms that are particularly deadly or disastrous are permanently retired from use, such as Allison, Alicia, Harvey and Katrina.

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KNOW WHAT’S COMING: RED CROSS OFFERS TIPS TO STAY INFORMED

  1. Listen to local area media or NOAA radio for the latest information and updates.
  2. Be prepared to evacuate quickly by knowing your routes, destinations, and local emergency shelters.
  3. Check and replenish your emergency kit, paying special attention to medications and other medical supplies. Keep the kit nearby.

More information here

CONTACTS IN AN EMERGENCY: SAVE THESE IMPORTANT NUMBERS & WEBSITES IN YOUR CELLPHONE/TABLET/LAPTOP

Pro Tip: Don’t forget to write down these numbers and the phone numbers of friends and family in case your cell phone stops working. Keep that list in your hurricane kit.

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2020 ATLANTIC HURRICANE SEASON STORM NAMES

Arthur
Bertha
Cristobal
Dolly
Edouard
Fay
Gonzalo
Hanna
Isaias
Josephine
Kyle
Laura
Marco
Nana
Omar
Paulette
Rene
Sally
Teddy
Vicky
Wilfred