This year’s hurricane season begins on June 1st, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released its forecast for 2019. NOAA is predicting a 40 percent chance of a near-normal hurricane season this year, with a 30 percent chance of conditions being above or below normal.
What does this mean for you, the boater? NOAA is anticipating between 9 and 15 named storms this year, with 4-8 become hurricanes and 2-4 becoming major hurricanes. So you still have to be vigilant in your planning in case your home waters fall along the path of a major storm. Here are some tips to stay ready:
Read here on how to secure your boat during a hurricane: boatingmag.com/how-to-secure-your-boat-for-hurricane
Here are 15 tips on preparing for a hurricane: boatingmag.com/boat-hurricane-preparation-and-protection
Here’s how to build a hurricane-proof boat house: boatingmag.com/building-hurricane-proof-boat-house
For the full NOAA forecast, go here: noaa.gov/media-release/noaa-predicts-near-normal-2019-atlantic-hurricane-season