The eastern United States has five seasons: winter, spring, summer, fall … and hurricane. The fact that a weather phenomenon earned its own season speaks to the power and punctuality of these storms.
Every year from June 1 through November 30, over 10 named storms form during Atlantic hurricane season according to the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric (NOAA) Hurricane Research Division. On average, six of these storms have top 75 mile-per-hour wind speeds to become hurricanes and two to three pass 111 miles-per-hour wind speeds to enter “major hurricane” – or Category 3-5 – territory.
When it comes to hurricanes, wind speeds do not tell the whole story. The most dangerous part is not the wind and rain, it’s the flooding and the storm surge that happens afterward. In fact, some of the greatest rainfall amounts occur from weaker storms that drift slowly or stall over an area.
This year is expected to be a busier-than-usual hurricane season, and while there is no way to predict how many of these storms will make landfall, the anticipated increase in hurricane events means you should make plans to be weather-ready.
Smart planning for hurricanes saves time, money and even lives. Since hurricane season lasts just half the year, one of the smartest ways to prepare is to have access to at-the-ready rental equipment that you need, when you need it.
Right now, we’re at the starting line of the 2017 hurricane season and several months away from the most active month, September, for these devastating storms. It’s the perfect time to start planning and preparing so you aren’t scrambling when a hurricane strikes.
Get to know who and where the best local rental experts are – and set up a meeting with them to determine what you will need during a hurricane disaster. You want somebody with expert know-how and nearby facilities that give you peace of mind that the pumps and equipment can be in place at a moment’s notice.
For more information about hurricane preparation, click here to download a tip sheet that will let you know how to be weather-ready as we head into the busy 2017 hurricane season.