Already we have seen a storm approach as we hit hurricane season. Tropical Storm Danny is the fourth named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, though it’s no longer a hurricane. It has yet to hit the US, but it is unlikely it will develop into a hurricane.
This is good news for us in Southwest Florida, aka Hurricane Alley. We are no strangers to hurricanes, although we have had relatively mild hurricane seasons in the past few years. Over the last 9 years, the US hasn’t seen a hurricane higher than a Category 3 (these storms go up to 5). Experts are predicting a 90% chance of a below-normal hurricane season this year (NOAA Climate Prediction Center). This is great news!
But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t prepare. It’s always best to be safe, have supplies on hand, and have an escape plan in place. It’s estimated that of the 6-10 named storms for this season, only 1-4 are likely to become hurricanes.
Hurricanes bring with them heavy rains, flooding, and devastating wind. Even if you have been through hurricanes already, you shouldn’t take them lightly. These storms can change strength and course very quickly, giving you little time to prepare.
It’s especially important to ensure that older Americans are well prepared and taken care of in the case of an emergency.
The Red Cross has created a great checklist to help you prepare for a storm. So get ready before another storm approaches.