Preparing for Storms Along the Atlantic
The 2021 Atlantic hurricane season is underway, and NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center anticipates a 60% chance of an above-normal Atlantic hurricane season.
We shouldn’t see the historic level of storm activity seen in 2020, but as the acting NOAA administrators says “it only takes one storm to devastate a community.”
For 2021, a likely range of 13 to 20 named storms (winds of 39 mph or higher), of which 6 to 10 could become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher), including 3 to 5 major hurricanes (category 3, 4 or 5; with winds of 111 mph or higher) is expected. NOAA provides these ranges with a 70% confidence.
Cities along the coast and further inland will likely be impacted by a hurricane at some point this season.
“Now is the time for communities along the coastline as well as inland to get prepared for the dangers that hurricanes can bring,” said Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo.
- Discuss your hurricane emergency plans with teams, and research how to stay safe while still finding ways to adhere to the CDC’s guidance on Coronavirus (COVID-19).
- Stock up on supplies in case shipments to the south slow.
- Remind crews and clients of local evacuation zones.
- Follow FEMA and the National Weather Service for alerts and predictions
- Review your insurance policies and personal documents are up to date.
- Create a continuity plan to be able to operate when disaster strikes.
- Connect with people in the community and be ready to assist those who need it.
The Atlantic hurricane season extends from June 1 through November 30.
For more advice on personal and group safety, click here.
Expert horticulturists explain ways to protect landscapes and plants during hurricane season here.