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2020 Hurricane Season Forecast

The 2020 hurricane season will arrive at an unique moment in world history. While the global COVID-19 pandemic has kept many Americans at home, sheltering in place while under orders of social distancing, an above-average hurricane season has been predicted by Colorado State University (CSU) hurricane researchers and AccuWeather. The above-average seasonal hurricane forecast from CSU is due to the likely lack of El Niño this summer and fall.

The CSU Tropical Meteorology project team predicts 16 named storms during the Atlantic hurricane season, which runs between June 1 and November 30. The research models indicate as many as eight storms will become hurricanes and our will reach major hurricane strength (Saffir/Simpson category three or higher). This outlook anticipates major power outage events and points to early homeowner preparedness as a key aspect for surviving the storms with resilience.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) experts watch several global climate patterns that drive the development and strength of hurricanes during a high-activity period, including Atlantic Multi-decadal Oscillation (AMO) and El Niño/Southern Oscillation (ENSO) influences. Experts predict that 2020 hurricane activity will be about 140% of the average season.

Reasons for the active season include warm seawater in the Atlantic Ocean and also the lack of an El Niño. A determining factor in forecasting the hurricane season is whether we are in an El Niño or La Niña climate pattern. El Niño is a natural warming of the Pacific Ocean waters, which tends to suppress the development of Atlantic hurricanes. The opposite, La Niña, is marked by cooler ocean water and tends to increase hurricanes in the Atlantic.

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Take Steps for Early Storm Preparation

Taking steps early to prepare for a storm is the best way to keep you and your family safe. Hurricanes, heavy rain and winter storms can have a serious impact on your daily lives when they create flooding or power outages. Thankfully, there are steps you can take to ensure a smooth experience should a storm affect you. 

Below you will find a list that offers safety tips, emergency kit guidelines and pet preparation ideas to help you plan for a storm. Each article is filled with the best practices, tips and tricks to keep you and your family as safe as possible. Additionally, we have post-storm information for storm aftermath and cleanup. 

We invite you to take some time to read through the articles below to best prepare for the next storm. 


Storm Preparation 101

There are measures you can take to ensure that you are as prepared as possible when a storm hits. Check out these helpful articles.

   Hurricane Preparation Tips - A guide of tips and tricks to follow as the storm approaches. 

   Securing Property in High Winds - Tips for securing your property properly as a storm approaches

   Flood Protection Tips - Flooding can be devastating. Our preparation tips help lessen the flood water’s impact.

   Waterproofing Your Home - Learn how to waterproof your home and protect it from flooding before a storm strikes.

   Backing Up Your EssentialsLearn how to choose a portable generator to back up your essentials during a power outage.

   Portable Generator Maintenance - Oil and fuel maintenance tips to prepare your portable generator for use. 

   Preserving Home Standby Oil - Tips on how to increase your home standby generator's lifespan by maintaining good oil quality.

   Pet Preparation - Protect your pets with these helpful pet preparation tips. Includes what to know for pet first-aid kits.

   Power Outage Preparation - Prepare your home for a power outage with these helpful preparation tips. 

   Hurricane Grocery List - A full guide for how to shop as you prepare for a storm with a printable grocery checklist.

   Hurricane Emergency Planning - According to some surveys, more than 80 percent of homeowners have been completely unprepared for major storms. When it comes to hurricanes, don’t leave it to chance.

   What to Expect During and After the Storm - A guide for what you can expect during and after a hurricane.

   What to Do and Not Do During a Hurricane - Safety tips and planning ideas in the event you may need to evacuate your home.

   Dangerous Portable Generator Myths - We debunk a few portable generator myths that are dangerous to you and your home.

A Storm Hit, Now What?

A storm may have a direct impact on your home and property. Information about what to do during and after a storm. 

   During Storm and Aftermath Tips - A list of tips for safety and aftermath if you choose to stay home during a storm.

   Spotting Great Contractors - Learn more about the practices that great contractors use when assessing damage after the storm. 

   Post Power Outage Safety Tips - Ensure your family's safety during and after a power outage with these safety tips.

   Floodwater Safety - Understand the risks that floodwaters pose, and identify symptoms of waterborne illnesses. 

   Home Standby Sizing Calculator - Use the home standby sizing calculator to find the best Home Standby unit to protect your whole home. 

   Portable Generator Sizer - Use the portable generator sizing calculator to find the best portable generator for your temporary power needs after a storm.


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