2018’s hurricane season is expected to be an above-average season similar to last year. In 2017 we saw 17 named storms and saw three major hurricanes make landfall in the United States.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) predict a 70% chance of 10 to 16 named storms with winds of 39 mph or higher. Of those, between 5 and 9 could become hurricanes, with winds of 74 mph or higher; and 1 to 4 are predicted to be major hurricanes of Category 3, 4, or 5 with winds of 111 mph or higher.
This prediction includes a 35% chance of an above-normal season, a 40% chance of a near-normal season, and a 25% chance of a below-normal season. An average hurricane season consists of 12 named storms, of which six become hurricanes, including three major hurricanes.
Two of the factors driving the 2018 season outlook include the possibility of a weak El Niño developing and near-average sea surface temperatures across the tropical Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea.
Are you ready for the 2018 Hurricane Season? Contact Como Oil & Propane today and we can discuss options to keep you more comfortable during the storm. Whether it’s a propane generator, or propane for cooking, we have many options to keep your life as normal as possible so you can have better peace of mind.