Hurricane Update: 6 Actions to Take When Conditions Warrant
Forecasters say the 2016 Atlantic hurricane season could be stronger than previously thought, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration warns that coastal residents should have their hurricane preparedness plans in place and monitor the latest forecast.
What was deemed in May to be a below average season with 10-16 named storms is now expected to be normal or above normal. The season is expected to be the most active since 2012 as forecasters now expect a 70 percent chance of 12-17 named storms, of which five to eight should be hurricanes. NOAA says as many as four are expected to be major hurricanes.
Gerry Bell, Ph.D., NOAA’s lead seasonal hurricane forecaster, said chances have increased because of the weakening El Niño and weaker trade winds over the central tropical Atlantic combined with a stronger African monsoon. The season won’t be extremely active, however, because of stronger wind shear and sinking motion in the atmosphere over the Caribbean Sea.
Multifamily housing property managers should review hurricane preparedness plans for staff and residents, says Ed Wolff, President of LeasingDesk. Below is a quick refresher:
SOURCE: American Modern Home Insurance Co.