The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is predicting a 50 percent chance of a below normal hurricane season, with a 10 percent chance of above normal storm activity.
What does this mean? It means a 70 percent likelihood there will be between 8 and 13 named storms this year, with 3 to 6 becoming hurricanes. So while the headline may seem comforting, it matters little if only one major storm develops if that storm is headed your way.
So it’s important for everyone to remain vigilant in storm preparation, having a plan for your family and house in place well before the storm warnings start. Also know what you’re going to do with your boat.
For this season, NOAA is touting its new Storm Surge mapping tool to help coastal residents keep on top of storm surge and flooding threats.
Meanwhile, follow these 10 HURRICANE TIPS FOR BOATERS.
And, learn how to deal with POST-STORM HAZARDS.