Prepping for 2019 Hurricane Season in Florida

Remember 2018 and all the damage and destruction of the storms across the nation but specifically along the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean.

The 2018 Atlantic hurricane season produced 15 named storms including eight hurricanes of which two were “major” (Category 3, 4 or 5). An average hurricane season has 12 named storms, six hurricanes, and three major hurricanes.

Hurricanes Florence and Michael caused the most significant damage in the southeastern US. The 2018 hurricane season was the first time since 2008 that there were four named storms active at the same time (Florence, Helene, Isaac, and Joyce).

2019 Forecast

2019 Hurricane season officially starts June 1 and ends on November 30, 2019.

Forecasters are calling for a hurricane season that is close to normal, which means 12 to 14 named storms will likely develop in the Atlantic hurricane basin between early June and late November. “Of those storms, five to seven are forecast to become hurricanes and two to four are forecast to become major hurricanes. AccuWeather believes two to four tropical storms or hurricanes are likely to impact the United States this year. An average hurricane season has 12 named storms in the Atlantic, six of which strengthen into hurricanes, and three of those becoming major hurricanes,” AccuWeather said.

Storm Categories

Type of Storm                     Sustained Wind Speeds

Tropical Storm                      39 to 73 mph

Hurricane – Cat 1                  74 to 95 mph (Minor damage)

Hurricane – Cat 2                  96 to 110 mph (Extensive)

Hurricane – Cat 3                  111 to 129 mph (Devastating)

Hurricane – Cat 4                  130 to 156 mph (Catastrophic)

Hurricane – Cat 5                   157 mph and stronger (Worst) 

Storm Names

The National Hurricane Center published the official list of for the upcoming 2019 Atlantic hurricane season. Here are the names.

  • Andrea
  • Barry
  • Chantal
  • Dorian
  • Erin
  • Fernand
  • Gabrielle
  • Humberto
  • Imelda
  • Jerry
  • Karen
  • Lorenzo
  • Melissa
  • Nestor
  • Olga
  • Pablo
  • Rebekah
  • Sebastien
  • Tanya
  • Van
  • Wendy

Roof Damage

Tropical storms, hurricanes, tornadoes, hailstorms, and thunderstorms can destroy a roof with their wind and rain combination. They can cause missing shingles, missing metal fascia, leaks and water damage, people getting hurt from flying objects, trees falling, property damage, etc.

Plans

The best time to think about a possible storm is now! Before anything happens.

Call your Insurance Agent. Go over your insurance policy carefully to make sure you are current and know what it covers so you have the right policy should you need to make a claim.

Contact a roofing specialist. Check out your roof condition now to make sure you don’t have any possible problems like loose or missing shingles, etc.

Plan ahead for a hurricane with these steps and supplies from Ready.gov.

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