The Hurricane season has arrived. After months of fighting with the COVID-19 pandemic, we have entered a new stage in the chaotic and eventful year of 2020. Do you know how hurricanes are formed? As the temperature rises, the heat from the waters and the alternating pressures pull ocean water into the atmosphere creating a thunderstorm in the ocean that is just the beginning of a potential hurricane or tropical storm. This thunderstorm feeds off of the heat, so the warmer the water, the more tightly the hurricane spins and the stronger it gets as it travels through the Atlantic Ocean.
The first tropical storm of the year has formed, and it has a name: Isaias. Americans have been warned to start preparing for strong winds, heavy rainfall, and storm surge. Its forecasted path heads towards the East Coast of the United States entering South Florida by the weekend and spreading to the Carolinas. The storm passed through Puerto Rico late Thursday morning, battering the island with winds of up to 60 mph and heavy rains that produced 4-8 inches of rain, leaving many parts of the island flooded and more than 400,000 clients without power.
It’s important to start getting ready for this season, as meteorologists and experts say that this is going to be a very active one, due to the rise in temperatures the world is experiencing. Here are a couple of steps to prepare for a hurricane or tropical storm so that you can stay safe this season:
1. Make a plan
2. Secure the exteriors
3. Install storm shutters
4. Move your cars
5. Power up
6. Unplug appliances
7. Store important documents
8. Prep an emergency kit
9. Identify a shelter room
Stay safe and be ready! Keep watching your local news to stay updated.
Here are a couple of storm tracking sites that may come in handy during this season:
– The National Hurricane Center
– The Weather Underground Tropical weather page
– The Naval Research Lab Monterey Marine Meteorology Division Tropical Cyclone page