This year's hurricane season is well underway, and it's important for you and your home to be prepared. From a tropical storm to a major weather event, this time of year could bring unexpected damages to deal with, so paying attention to the news and staying ready is going to be your best bet.
So far, the year has brought the threat of Tropical Storm Cindy, but that may be just the beginning. Don't forget the NOAA statement from May 25 predicting an "above-normal" season this year: The organization said that there was a 45 percent chance of probability for this kind of result in 2017, and considering the many months in the hurricane season, it seems there will still be plenty of chance for this to come to fruition. There was also a chance for as many as 17 named storms originating from the Atlantic region.
Head forecaster for the organization Gerry Bell, Ph.D, explained the environmental factors that have prompted this prediction.
"The outlook reflects our expectation of a weak or non-existent El Nino, near- or above-average sea-surface temperatures across the tropical Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea, and average or weaker-than-average vertical wind shear in that same region," Bell said.
According to CNN, Tropical Storm Cindy's predicted dangers included flash flood warnings along the Gulf Coast. Downpour and overflow from bodies of water can be reasonable concerns for Florida homeowners, so what are the best ways to manage?
Tips for hurricanes
As basic as some of these tips may be, it's always important to know the fundamentals when a possible hurricane is on the horizon.
- Prevent flooding: The American Red Cross suggests using barriers, sandbags and sealing to keep water out of your home. It also recommended knowing the difference between a flash flood watch and a warning, the latter of which is more immediate.
- Remove dangers from around your home: You won't be able to predict every possible risk, but you can assess your immediate property and look for problem areas. Examine your home inside and out for anything that might be an issue during a storm. Indoor worries can include leaky basements and ineffective drainage, while exterior ones are more like dangerous trees and debris.
- Replace your windows: The high winds of hurricanes can especially threaten your windows. With impact resistant windows, though, you reduce the chance of damage and also keep your home in better shape after the action is over.
Even though the season has begun, there is still time to get consultation for new windows if your current ones aren't up to the weather. For custom hurricane windows needs, contact NewSouth Window Solutions and get your quote today.