The National Hurricane center is making changes for the upcoming hurricane season that serve to better inform you when a potential storms threatens. Better information allows you to better prepare!
Hurricanes originate in the Atlantic basin, which includes the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, the Gulf of Mexico, the eastern North Pacific Ocean, and, less frequently, the central North Pacific Ocean. A six-year rotating list of names, updated and maintained by the World Meteorological Organization, is used to identify these storms.
Hurricane Season begins every year on June 1 and ends on November 30, although hurricanes can, and have, occurred outside of this time frame. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) National Hurricane Center predicts and tracks these massive storm systems, which occur, on average, 12 times a year in the Atlantic basin.
The National Hurricane Center (NHC) changes for the upcoming 2018 Hurricane Season are:
- Adjustments to the official hurricane track maps: For the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season, the cone will be smaller than it has been in past years because there is greater predictability in their modeling.
- Experimental wind cone maps will become official: these new maps include the Earliest Reasonable Arrival Time Of Tropical Storm Force Winds and the Most Likely Arrival Time Of Tropical Storm Force Winds.
- Advisories will include potential impacts farther in advance: these advisories will now contain information that talks about hazards as far as five days in advance. This extra information will help to save lives and protect property by providing people with possible impacts well ahead of the storm’s arrival, especially when forecasters have high confidence with a particular storm.
This week, May 6-12, is National Hurricane Preparedness Week. Are you prepared?
To help you get ready for the upcoming season, we’ve created a Hurricane Preparedness Guide with links to important resources and useful tips.
Please review these links from the People's Trust Hurricane Guide to help you get ready before a storm strikes and to recover after:
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