Monday marks the first day of hurricane season (1 June - 30 Nov).
BLUF, it only takes one storm to make it a bad year so now is the time to get prepared at work and at home.
NOAA is predicting an above-normal 2020 Atlantic hurricane season. The outlook predicts a 60% chance of an above-normal season, a 30% chance of a near-normal season, and only a 10% chance of a below-normal season.
NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center is forecasting a likely range of 13 to 19 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 6 major hurricanes (category 3, 4 or 5; with winds of 111 mph or higher). NOAA provides these ranges with a 70% confidence. An average hurricane season produces 12 named storms, of which 6 become hurricanes, including 3 major hurricanes.
As with every hurricane season, the need to be prepared is critically important this year because “Social distancing” and other CDC guidance to keep you safe from COVID-19 may impact the disaster preparedness plan you had in place, including what is in your go-kit, evacuation routes, shelters, and more.
Lastly, it is important to remember that destructive weather can happen very quickly, especially in Florida.
Below are some links to information to help you get prepared for hurricane season.
Duval County Emergency Preparedness Guide
MCSF BI Destructive Weather Handbook/DW Checklist 2020