For the six-month hurricane season, which begins June 1, 2013 the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook says there is a 70 percent likelihood of 13 to 20 named storms (winds of 39 mph or higher), of which 7 to 11 could become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher), including 3 to 6 major hurricanes (Category 3, 4 or 5; winds of 111 mph or higher). These ranges are well above the seasonal average of 12 named storms, 6 hurricanes and 3 major hurricanes.
Now is the time for you to prepare an evacuation plan, and put together a hurricane pack with food, water and important papers. Make sure you and your family have reviewed our hurricane safety tips and hurricane video learning.
Below is the National Hurricane Center’s day 1 video from their hurricane preparedness series. Be sure to check back daily for additional videos.