Hurricane and Tropical Storm season is now at it’s peak for the Atlantic. Oddly The month of July saw not one hurricane or tropical storm. It is now Late August and we have seen 9 named storms swatch their paths along the Atlantic Ocean. The National Hurricane Center in Miami has updated their Hurricane and Tropical storm forecast to an estimate of 12 to 17 tropical storms or hurricanes. This new revised extended forecast does not bode well for those living along the eastern coast of the United States and its outlaying islands. The new and revised forecast from the National Center For Hurricanes only serves to remind us that there is huge potential for impact in the USA. These storms that are appearing are very active and can cause loss of life and property damage from high winds, hail, and water from flooding and torrential rains.
Hurricane season peaks in late summer. This is due to the difference in temperatures between the air and the sea surface temperatures. Tropical storms in the North Atlantic are called hurricanes, tropical storms, or tropical depressions, depending on wind speed and other factors. Lesser but still violent storms are called subtropical depressions and subtropical storms. We are already in August and The Atlantic Storm season has yet to fully peak. Atlantic storm season reaches its peak in September. August has been a busy month with hurricanes and tropical storms, yet there is more storms predicted for the month. The National Center for Hurricanes predicts 12 to 17 tropical storms and hurricanes That is a lot of potential for storm impact in the United States.
Should you live in a Hurricane prone area, stay tuned to your local radio or TV stations for weather forecasts. Should a storm hit seek shelter in an interior room and by all means do avoid doors and windows during the storm. Stay away from phone lines, power outlets and water pipes as these can conduct lightning. Should flooding begin please turn of your power. Do not venture outside during the brief clam and lull, which is often called the eye of the storm, wait for all danger to pass before venturing outside. Make sure your home shelter or travel bag if you require public shelter has a supply of food, water and any needed medications.
Remember to go over your home owners insurance to see what if any potential storm damage to your property may be covered. Also keep in mind most home owner policies in most states do not cover flood insurance as a standard policy. Flood insurance is usually a separate policy. Many a home owner in Hurricane ally has been devastated to learn after suffering a storm or hurricane related flood that the damage was not covered by their policy. Also make sure you have someone in mind in case your property suffered storm related damage. Standard repairmen often miss storm damage, and regular run of the mill handymen do not have the equipment to handle flood damage. Storm damage restoration experts can handle any storm related damage however.