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Hurricane season starts on June 1st and ends on November 30th. According to the National Hurricane Center, 97% of all hurricanes occur during that time. Now that the 2019 hurricane season is in progress, it’s time to pay attention to storm progressions. Hurricanes are less likely at the beginning of the season but not impossible. We’ve already seen Storm Andrea form before the official start of hurricane season in May. Protect your home by preparing for the season before disaster strikes.

Hurricane Facts

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.

What to Expect

Most hurricane predictions agree that this year’s hurricane season is going to be about average. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicts between 15 to 22 named storms, 8 to 13 of which may become hurricanes. They also predict that out of the predicted hurricanes, 4 to 8 will become major hurricanes. Although the historic peak of hurricane season doesn’t occur until August, harmful hurricanes may also occur in the months leading up to that peak.

Safety Concerns

Storm Surges

Large waves due to winds and other storm conditions can cause major damage along coastlines. Many structures that can withstand wind and rain are weakened by storm surges.

Flooding

Heavy rainfall often causes flooding in inland areas. Both flash flooding and long-term flooding are common. Long term flooding is especially typical near rivers.

High Winds

Hurricane force winds can pick up roof tiles, debris and siding, throwing them back down to the ground at random. High winds can also destroy buildings and cars.

How to Prepare

Create an emergency kit with a battery-powered radio, food, water, phone charger and any other necessities you may need for a few days.

  • Take photos or a video of your belongings before any damage occurs. It will come in handy when filing an insurance claim if a hurricane does affect your property.
  • Learn evacuation routes & local weather patterns.
  • Pay attention to weather forecasts all season long. Sign up for your local emergency alert system to ensure you don’t miss any important hurricane updates.

ServiceMaster Advantage in Houston, Texas is your local disaster restoration expert. Contact us if you experience a flood or major storm. Property owners rely on us every day for our full array of services. Our team will repair your property in a timely manner, keep you informed the whole way through and ensure the job is done right.

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