Hurricane Fiona shows us that dangerous weather could be nearby — prepare with these 8 products
Now is the time to prepare for the peak of hurricane season
We’ve passed the midpoint of hurricane season with very little storm activity compared to previous years. However, with Fiona targeting Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, it’s a very real reminder that we’re just entering the peak of the season now. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicts that several major hurricanes will form over the coming months. If you haven’t started, now is the time to prepare.
Why hurricane season has had a slower start this year
For a hurricane to form, three basic elements are required: warm ocean water (at least 80 degrees), abundantly moist air and converging winds. This season, Saharan dust and dry air that travels westward across the Atlantic has prevented most storms from forming.
Despite the slow start, both NOAA and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are cautioning not to get complacent and let your guard down. We are currently in the peak of hurricane season, so it’s still possible — and probable, according to NOAA — that we could have three to five major hurricanes before the end of November.
Now is the time to prepare
The good news about hurricanes is they aren’t sudden events. Because of Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites, you’ll know anywhere from three to five days in advance if you’re in the path of an approaching storm. But that doesn’t mean you should wait until the last minute to stock supplies. There’s a chance that essential items, such as lanterns and first aid kits, will sell out or take too long to ship due to high demand, so you should be ready before a tropical storm even appears in the forecast.
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