Did you know that May 6-12 is known as Hurricane Preparedness Week? 

Every coastal community from Atlantic Canada all through the U.S. Gulf and East coasts, across the Caribbean and even Latin America, are vulnerable to these massive storms. Sometimes even accurate forecasts and warnings are not enough to prevent tragedy if you're not prepared when a storm is headed your way. 

Here is a few facts you might not know about Hurricanes: 

  • The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1st through November 30th. 

  • Each year, an average of ten tropical storms develop over the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, and the Gulf of Mexico. Many of these remain over the ocean. Six of these storms become hurricanes each year.   

  • Typical hurricanes are about 300 miles wide although they can vary considerably in size.

  • Hurricane-force winds can extend outward to about 25 miles in a small hurricane and to more than 150 miles for a large one. Tropical storm-force winds can stretch out as far as 300 miles from the center of a large hurricane.       

  • Frequently, the right side of a hurricane is the most dangerous in terms of storm surge, winds, and tornadoes.       

  • Do not focus on the eye or the track-hurricanes are immense systems that can move in complex patterns that are difficult to predict. Be prepared for changes in size, intensity, speed and direction.

 

Do your part.  Be prepared this hurricane season. Being prepared can make the difference between life and death.