The 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season is nearly upon us, and homeowners in the Orlando area look anxiously to storm forecasts. Any named storm can do serious damage to a home, especially to the roof, so paying attention to the predictions can be a first line of defense in protecting your home. Check out this information about hurricane seasons in general and the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season in particular.
When Is Hurricane Season?
The Atlantic Hurricane Season runs from June 1 to November 30. That’s six months, so for half the year, Orlando residents need to pay attention to the weather in the Atlantic. Although it’s not quite June yet, heavy weather activity is already getting cranked up in the Gulf of Mexico.
What Qualifies for a Named Storm?
When a storm’s maximum sustained surface wind speed reaches 39 mph, it becomes a tropical storm. At that point, the tropical storm is named.
When Does a Tropical Storm Become a Hurricane?
When a tropical storm’s winds reach 74 mph, it is classified as a hurricane. The different categories for hurricanes follow a wind speed range:
- Category 1: 74-95 mph
- Category 2: 96-110
- Category 3: 111-129
- Category 4: 130-156
- Category 5: greater than 157
Names for the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season
Storms are named alphabetically from a list that repeats every six year (unless a name is retired). Here are the 2018 names:
Predictions for the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season
Most predictions for the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season are calling for a slightly above average season, with around 15 named storms. Of those named storms, around seven will become hurricanes, two or three of those hurricanes being major.
Atlantic Hurricane Season Averages
Those prediction numbers can be a bit confusing when viewed out of context with seasonal averages. To put the forecast into perspective, consider the averages and extremes:
- Average Number of Atlantic Storms: 12.1 named storms, 6.4 hurricanes, 2.7 major hurricanes
- Highest Number of Atlantic Storms: 2005 season, with 28 named storms, 15 hurricanes, 7 major hurricanes
- Lowest Number of Atlantic Storms: 1983 season, with 4 named storms, 2 hurricanes, 0 major storms
Contact J.A. Edwards America
If a Hurricane Hits, Contact J. A. Edwards America to assess the damage to your roof and to work with your insurance company for a speedy, efficient, and hassle-free repair to your home.