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Hurricane Season Begins Next Week!

Hurricanes in 2020

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) expects 13 – 19 named storms will develop this year. This includes tropical storms, which contain wind speeds of 39 mph or higher. Storms become hurricanes when winds reach 74 mph.

Of the predicted 6 to 10 hurricanes, 3 to 6 could be major, packing wind speeds of 111 mph
or higher.

Hurricane season officially begins June 1 and runs through Nov. 30. An average season typically spawns six hurricanes and peaks in August and September.

Power Outage Safety During a Hurricane

Power outages can add an extra level of danger when hurricanes strike, making it unsafe
in some areas even after the storm has passed. And depending on the damage and length
of the storm, it may be hours or days before your power is restored.

  • Avoid downed power lines – don’t walk around them or drive over them.
  • Use flashlights instead of candles. If you must use candles, don’t leave them burning unattended.
  • Turn your electrical appliances OFF (unplug if possible) to avoid a power surge when the power is restored.
  • Keep your portable generator at least 30 feet away from your home.
  • If you cook or heat with alternative sources of fuel, make sure they are well ventilated to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Avoid opening your refrigerator or freezer to keep the cold air inside.
  • If the power is off for more than 2 hours, check with your doctor or pharmacist about using refrigerated medications.
  • Charge all your mobile devices and batteries beforehand.
  • Have an emergency kit ready beforehand.