2021 Hurricane Season Starts
NOAA Predicts Another Active Atlantic Hurricane Season
Hurricane season officially runs from June 1- November 30. Severe weather including high winds, heavy storms, and, flooding annually impacts the central New Jersey region of Burlington and Mercer Counties.
A typical season sees 13-19 Named Storms. Named storms must have winds of more than 39 mph, Hurricanes more than 74mph winds and major Hurricanes 111mph wind. Weather patterns change as the summer progresses. August accounts 24% of all storms recorded. For 2021, a likely range of 13 to 20 named storms (winds of 39 mph or higher), of which 6 to 10 could become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher), including 3 to 5 major hurricanes (category 3, 4 or 5; with winds of 111 mph or higher) is expected. NOAA provides these ranges with a 70% confidence.
Early in the season, meteorologists, look at tropical depressions that are forming in the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean, close to land, while later in the season the pattern changes and they watch for storms that develop off the coast of Africa.
The NOAA is using cutting-edge tools, upgrading the Global Forecast System, the first in 40 years, to predict and alert Americans of the impending storms.
How to prepare for a Hurricane
Planning and preparing for a hurricane is the responsibility of all levels of government, local, state and national as well as both the private sector and the public. Being prepared is the way to lessen the devastation that one event can have on a community.
Be prepared by:
- Having cash on hand
- Review Insurance to ensure you have adequate coverage
- Establish a family communication plan
- Establish a family evacuation plan
- Stay tuned to local news (battery operated radio)
- Have food and water
- Emergency lighting in the event of power outages
“Now is the time for communities along the coastline as well as inland to get prepared for the dangers that hurricanes can bring,” said Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo. “The experts at NOAA are poised to deliver life-saving early warnings and forecasts to communities, which will also help minimize the economic impacts of storms.”
Heed warnings by local officials and to ensure your family’s safety.
When emergencies happen, SERVPRO of Bordentown/Pemberton is ready to serve. We are ready to mobilize and assist with storm damage clean up and restoration.
Call us at 609-894-8555, for 24/7 emergency mitigation services