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2024 Hurricane Season: How You Can Prepare

Posted by Denise Russo on Feb 27, 2024 12:48:20 PM

With less than one hundred days until the start of the 2024 hurricane season, experts have begun preparing their predictions for this season's activity, suggesting a highly active season is likely. According to forecasts by AccuWeather and other climate reporting authorities, the current atmospheric conditions and oceanic temperatures suggest an intense year ahead. With growing evidence suggesting a combination of factors conducive to extreme weather events, including severe hurricanes and intensified storms, experts warn for prompt preparation. Diving into the projections and insights provided by these experts can ensure individuals are prepared for potential and can secure their homes and properties ahead of the season.

Factors that Suggest Hurricane Activity

When it comes to predicting hurricane seasons, one of the critical factors to scrutinize is the sea surface temperature anomalies. These anomalies provide insights into the conditions conducive to hurricane formation and intensification. Current observations reveal above-average sea surface temperature anomalies across the eastern Atlantic and Caribbean regions. This indicates that these areas are experiencing temperatures higher than the norm for this time of year, concurrent with previous seasons of high hurricane activity. This elevated warmth is significant because tropical systems require sea surface temperatures of at least 82°F to develop.

In addition, the warmer the water, the more favorable the conditions become for their strength and sustenance, as they draw energy from the warm, moist air above. Ocean temperatures aren’t the only indicator of a strong hurricane season, but their early presence can be indicative of a higher-than-average storm season.

Beyond just warm ocean temperatures, storms thrive greatly on the strength of vertical wind shear in the subtropical regions - specifically weak vertical winds. El Niño, a recurring climate phenomenon characterized by warmer-than-average sea surface temperatures in the tropical eastern Pacific, exerts a significant influence on global weather patterns. This climatic cycle is associated with weakened trade winds near the equator, resulting in an elevation of average sea surface temperatures by at least 2.7°F (1.5°C).  The current El Niño pattern began in July 2023 and is anticipated to continue until June of the current year.

During El Niño episodes, the Atlantic experiences robust and more steadfast winds, which tend to inhibit hurricane formation. However, if projections hold and El Niño transitions into its cooler counterpart, La Niña, it could pave the way for an exceptionally turbulent summer. These patterns in combination with ocean temperature reaching summer levels in February indicate a potential storm threat for the upcoming hurricane season.

These patterns that are anticipated mimic those of some of our more challenging hurricane seasons, including Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Harvey. However, formal predictions from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) won’t be released until April or May 2024.

How to Prepare for a High-Activity Hurricane Season

As hurricane season approaches and the likelihood of severe storms increases, it's crucial to take steps to protect your home, personal property, and business property. Start by reinforcing vulnerable areas like doors, windows, and the roof. You can do this by installing high-grade storm shutters or boarding up windows with plywood. Make sure your garage door and other entrances are secure too. Check the roof for any loose shingles or tiles and fix them to prevent them from becoming hazards in high winds.

Don't overlook the surroundings of your home, as those areas can be especially vulnerable. Trim back overhanging tree branches and remove any dead trees that could pose a danger during a storm. Keep gutters clear to prevent water buildup and potential flooding. Secure outdoor furniture and other items that could become projectiles in intense winds. Additionally, it's essential to have an emergency plan in place, including evacuation routes and a stocked disaster supply kit. Taking these precautions can help ensure the safety of your home and family during a busy hurricane season.

Secure Insurance Ahead of Hurricane Season

With intense hurricanes predicted for the upcoming summer, it is crucial to secure strong coverage for your home, business, and property. Climate-related events make up a significant amount of insurance claims each year, many of which are high-cost claims. Without strong insurance, your home or property could be at risk of a total loss, especially if you live in an area often targeted by intense storms. Preparing ahead of the season is important as most policies will have a minimum 30-day waiting period to file a claim. Working with an experienced insurance agent can ensure your insurance covers all potential risks and will protect you in the event of a hurricane-related claim.

Property Insurance with ECBM

At ECBM Insurance, we can secure property insurance tailored to your specific needs, whether for your home or business. Our knowledgeable agents are dedicated to assisting you every step of the way, ensuring you have the coverage necessary to protect your valuable assets. With hurricane season approaching, we understand the importance of comprehensive protection, which is why we specialize in helping you secure your home, property, and flood insurance to safeguard against potential damage. For more information on our services, contact us.