Hurricane season officially begins in the USA: what to prepare for and what to stock up on
June began, and with it the hurricane season, which officially lasts from June 1 to November 30, writes Fox35. Forecasters predict that the season will be more active than usual.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicted above-average season activity: 13 to 19 storms with names, 6–10 of which would become hurricanes, and 3–6 major hurricanes of the third and higher category.
AccuWeather meteorologists also predicted that activity this season would be “above normal,” with 14-18 tropical storms. It is expected that 7–9 of them will become hurricanes, and 2–4 can turn into large hurricanes.
Experts from the University of Colorado expect the same, predicting "activity is above normal."
Specialists at the Earth System Science Center in Pennsylvania also predicted an active season, with 15-24 tropical storms that would be named. This could make 2020 a record year.
How many storms and hurricanes will actually be, time will tell. Tropical storms Arthur and Berta have already been recorded in the Atlantic over the past couple of weeks.
For comparison, the Atlantic hurricane season of 2019 totaled 18 storms with names, which is consistent with 1969 data, and was the fourth busiest season in 150 years.
What happens in the pacific
Tropical storm Amanda in the Pacific Ocean weakened after landing on the coast in Guatemala, but the residual effects of this storm could turn into a tropical depression in the Gulf of Mexico, writes ABC13.
On Monday, June 1, the National Hurricane Center gave an 80 percent chance of a gulf storm developing over the next 48 hours.
According to the National Hurricane Center, the remnants of the system will continue to move northwest and may end up in Campeche Bay by the evening of June 1. If the weather system moves back over the water, it can develop into a tropical depression.
Over the next few days, heavy rains will continue in southern Mexico. If the system intensifies before a tropical storm, it will be called Cristobal.
ABC13 meteorologists began to observe the system, which received the name Amanda, in the last week of May, when it formed in the Pacific Ocean.
The weather does not pose an immediate risk to the Texas coast or any one specific area, but forecast models hint at the possibility of the continuation of this storm, so everyone on the Gulf of Mexico should be aware of the weather in the coming days.
Stocks for the hurricane season
For each hurricane season, it is important to prepare and stock up on everything you need. Here's what the US Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recommends:
- water (1 gallon (3,8 liters) per person per day for at least 3 days, for drinking and hygiene);
- food (at least a three-day supply of products with a long shelf life);
- manual or battery operated radio and NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert;
- first aid kit;
- additional batteries;
- whistle (for a signal for help);
- dust mask (for filtering contaminated air);
- plastic film and adhesive tape (for shelter in place);
- wet wipes, trash bags and plastic clips (for personal hygiene);
- wrench or pliers (to disable utility systems);
- manual can opener (for food);
- local cards;
- a cell phone with chargers and a backup battery.
In addition, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends these materials:
- fabric facial coatings (for people of all ages from 2 years and older), soap, hand sanitizer, surface wipes;
- prescription drugs;
- OTC drugs, such as painkillers, antidiarrheal drugs, antacids, or laxatives;
- prescription glasses and contact lens solution;
- baby formula, bottles, diapers, wipes and diaper rash cream;
- pet food and extra water for your pet;
- cash or traveller's checks;
- important family documents, such as copies of insurance policies, identification documents and bank records, stored electronically or in a waterproof portable container;
- a sleeping bag or a warm blanket for each person;
- a complete change of clothes to suit your climate and durable shoes;
- fire extinguisher;
- matches in waterproof containers;
- products for women and personal hygiene items;
- mess kits, paper cups, plates, paper towels, and plastic dishes;
- paper and pencil;
- books, games, puzzles or other ways to entertain children.
FEMA also gives some tips:
- store canned food in a cool, dry place;
- store packaged products in tightly closed plastic or metal containers;
- replace expired items as necessary;
- rethink your needs every year and update your kit as your family needs change.
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