It’s time to get prepared, Florida! The 2016 Atlantic hurricane season is expected to be the most active since 2012, according to a forecast by The Weather Company, an IBM Business.
A total of 14 named storms, eight hurricanes and three major hurricanes are forecast during the coming season. For perspective, this is greater than the 30-year historical average – and a major hurricane is one that is greater than a Category 3 or stronger.
What Does This Mean for Florida and the Southeast Coast?
It’s important to know, according to Weather.com, that there is no strong correlation between the number of storms or hurricanes and U.S. landfalls in any given season. One or more of the named storms forecast to develop this season could hit the U.S., or none at all. Therefore, the site says, Florida residents should prepare each year no matter the forecast. The year 1992, which spawned Hurricane Andrew, is a prime example of this.
*The Weather Channel
Bottom line: The U.S. is due for another hurricane strike sooner rather than later, but it’s impossible to know if that will occur this season. Keep in mind, however, that even a weak tropical storm hitting the U.S. can cause major impacts, particularly if it moves slowly, resulting in flooding rainfall.
What Can Florida Residents do to prepare?
Read our Hurricane Season 2016 guides for more information on prepping your home or commercial property for Hurricane season: