The 80% Chance of tropical rain this evening is a proof the 2019 hurricane season has officially begun and will last until November 30.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicts a near-normal hurricane season for us this year. However, storms can happen at any time, and it’s always good to be prepared. The first named storm of the season, Andrea, showed up a few days early, and thankfully dissipated quickly.
NOAA defines near-normal as 9-15 named storms (39 – 73 mph wind speed), 4-8 hurricanes (74 – 110 mph wind speed) and 2-4 major hurricanes (category 3, 4 or 5 with 111+ mph wind speed).
NOAA says the current El Nino weather pattern should help to suppress the intensity of this hurricane season, but warmer-than-average sea-surface temperatures (Already more than 80 degrees) and African monsoons may increase this year’s hurricane activity.
Things to do Now:
• Create an emergency communication plan with your family before a hurricane
• Be aware of emergency alerts and warnings and how to share them with your loved ones
• Know your evacuation route and where temporary shelters may be set up to serve your area
• Create a plan to let friends and family outside of the area know you’re safe or that you need help
• Have emergency supplies in place at home, at work, and in the car. Below is a basic kit; you should also think about your pets and any medication you may need
• Water- one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
• Food- at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
• Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert
• Flashlight and extra batteries
• First aid kit
• Whistle to signal for help
• Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
• Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
• Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
• Manual can opener for food
• Local paper maps. Cell Phone and satellite service could be down.
• Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery
• Schedule your home and/or commercial insurance review with Ed Cantu Insurance Agency at (361) 991-1493 or at after hours.
“Near normal” Hurricane Season or not, remember it only takes one storm to hit your area to make a large negative impact so prepare today. Another smart reason to plan and compare now is Ed Cantu Insurance Agency has many option to choose from and we can slash your insurance rates up to 37%. Call us now at (361) 991-1493 or visit us at
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