The 2019 hurricane season is here! The National Hurricane Center explains that 97% of all hurricanes occur between June 1st and November 30th. Hurricanes are less likely at the beginning of the season but not impossible. Protect your home by preparing for this season before a water disaster strikes.
What to Expect
In May, we already saw the first major storm of the season. Even though hurricane season won’t peak until August or September, damage can still occur before then. According to The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the 2019 hurricane season will be about average. Their prediction details 15-22 named storms, 8-13 hurricanes and 4-8 major hurricanes. Now that the most common months for hurricanes are underway, look out for local weather warnings.
A hurricane is made up of many conditions coming together to create the perfect storm. The National Weather Service writes that the following six conditions create hurricanes.
- Ocean temperatures need to be above 79 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Hurricanes can only occur in areas that are at least five degrees latitude away from the equator.
- Heat needs to be produced near the center of the hurricane due to the condensation of water vapor. This is called a saturated lapse rate.
- Wind speed needs to drop with height. High winds that are strong can destroy storms.
- High humidity is needed through multiple layers of the atmosphere.
- If a thunderstorm encounters the conditions mentioned above, it will turn into a tropical storm or hurricane.
One of the main threats to your property and safety is flooding. Flash floods and slower moving floods can both be a part of a hurricane. Long lasting floods are more likely to occur near a river or creek.
High winds not only destroy buildings but also any debris that gets picked up automatically becomes dangerous. That’s why it’s important to stay inside and put away outdoor furniture, gardening tools and anything else that can be carried away by high winds.
Storm surges are large waves caused by hurricane conditions. Along the coast, these surges can destroy buildings, highways and harbors. Structures that are able to withstand high winds and flooding are often weakened by these large waves.
How to Prepare
Start by signing up for the emergency alert system in your area. It’s helpful to check in with local weather forecasts but you don’t want to miss an emergency hurricane warning. Next, learn evacuation routes and general weather patterns in your area. Don’t forget to take photos or videos of your belongings before damage occurs. This is helpful to have when filing an insurance claim if you do experience storm damage this hurricane season. Last but not least, don’t forget to pack an emergency kit. Gather food, water, a battery-powered radio and any other essentials you may need for a few days.
ServiceMaster Cleaning & Restoration Services in Central New Jersey is your local damage restoration experts. If you experience water damage this hurricane season, contact us at 866-856-4007.