The 2018 Hurricane Season: When is it? What should I expect?
The 2018 hurricane season is upon us. Arm yourself with information in preparation for the 2018 hurricane season.
When is the 2018 Hurricane Season in Florida?
Hurricane season in Florida officially begins on June 1st and runs through November 30th. But most storms typically hit during peak season, between August and October.
Alberto attempted to kick the hurricane season off early, making landfall over the Florida Panhandle on Memorial Day weekend, but luckily Alberto didn’t gain enough strength and only made it into the subtropical storm category.
2018 Hurricane Season Predictions
Forecastors at the Colorado State University Tropical Meteorology Project (CSU), a leading authority on the topic are predicting another busy hurricane season. They predict the 2018 hurricane season to be slightly above historical averages. Here are the numbers:
The average number of hurricanes each season (averaged out over 30 years):
- 12 named storms
- 6 hurricanes
- 2 major hurricanes.
CSU is predicting the 2018 hurricane season to have:
- 14 named storms
- 7 hurricanes
- 3 major hurricanes.
How the 2018 Hurricane Season Compares to 2017
Although CSU predicts an above average hurricane season, they are predicting less activity than the previous year.
Here are the numbers from 2017:
- 18 named storms
- 10 hurricanes
- 6 major hurricanes
How to Prepare for the 2018 Hurricane Season
Being prepared for the 2018 hurricane season can make a big impact on how you spend your summer in Florida. Proper preparedness upfront can make clean up and repairs a lot easier down the line.
Review Your Florida Homeowners Insurance Policy
Take some time to sit down and review the details of your Florida Homeowners Insurance Policy. You may need to consider increasing your level of coverage if:
- You made any improvements to your home or property since you last reviewed the policy.
- You’ve made any expensive purchases, such as jewelry, antiques or art. Make sure all documents have been submitted to ensure these items are specifically listed and covered.
Also keep in mind that certain types of flood damage is often not covered by your homeowners insurance policy. If you live on or near a body of water, you may want to consider adding a flood insurance policy to make sure you have protection from all the types of water damage hurricanes can cause.
If You Have an Existing Seawall, Have it Inspected
Seawalls are a great way to help protect your property from some of the damage a hurricane can cause. But a seawall is only as strong as its weakest part.
Regular seawall inspections by seawall service professionals, such as the experts at Gibson Marine Construction, can identify areas in need of repair. Having these areas repaired and/or replaced will help stave off the misfortune of the more costly damage a busy hurricane season could bring.
Install a Seawall to Protect from Hurricane Damage
If you live on the waterfront and don’t have a seawall, you may want to consider having one installed to help protect your property from hurricane or other water damage. Call Gibson Marine Construction to learn how a seawall can help protect you and your property this hurricane season.