November 18, 2017

2017 NC Hurricane Season Prediction

Public Adjuster NC hurricaneGetting prepared for hurricane season is a wise man’s action. However, as per the newest forecast, everyone should consider taking additional precautions to face 2017 season; it is going to be worse than the normal. The effect of these storms could be devastating particularly on North Carolina. The hurricane season lasts from June 1st through November 30th, and many predictions claim that this year is going to be hyperactive. Several organizations give forecasts of the current hurricane season.

The Weather Channel predicts 14 named storms – ten hurricanes and three major hurricanes for this year.  (A major hurricane is one whose strength is Catagory 3 or higher.)   This number of storms is greater than the 30-year average for the Atlantic Ocean.

The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released its forecast in May.  According to NOAA  11-17 storms (includes April’s tropical storm, Arlene), 5-9 could become hurricanes and 2-4 could become major hurricanes.  The threat is significant. On average, each hurricane season during the past three decades consisted of 12 named storms and nine hurricanes (three of which were major ones).

Since 2012, people experienced the most extreme hurricane season in 2016.  History shows that North Carolina is a  target of many storms. North Carolina was directly hit 83 times since 1851. This state experiences one major hurricane hit every two years. Shockingly, statistics say that North Carolina hasn’t experienced a major hurricane since 2011 (Irene; a category 3). Therefore, it is not unfair to expect something big this hurricane season. No matter whether the storms hit directly or not, significant damage can be done due to the rising sea levels (which will eventually lead to floods), as a result of climate change.

It is best to be on alert because experts have noticed some alarming changes in the conditions of the North Atlantic. A warmer sea surface is one such condition. In general, somewhere between mid-august and mid-October, this State should expect an increase in the tropical cyclone activities. There is a strong possibility for category 3-5 hurricanes to kick off during this period of the year.

No matter whether the forecasts come to fruition or not, it is important to be prepared and take necessary precautions to minimize the potential damages and have reliable insurance to recover any losses.

Bookmark the National Hurricane Center’s website to keep up-to-date with developing storms.

To assist you with damage claims, contact Public Adjusters NC at 919-299-6999.

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