Hurricane Season Officially Arrives This Week

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Krista Melnar

Stormwater Engineer

Forecasters are predicting a close to normal hurricane season, which officially kicks off Saturday, June 1, in the United States.

The NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center and Colorado State University’s hurricane team are both estimating the season will be about average. NOAA predicts a range of 9 to 15 named storms, with four to eight hurricanes and two to four major hurricanes (with winds of 111 mph or higher).

Meanwhile, Colorado State predicted in its April forecast that 2019 would have 13 named storms, with five hurricanes and two major hurricanes. It will release its updated forecast June 4. The season usually lasts through Nov. 30.

As we look ahead, it’s never a bad idea to prepare for a storm. Here are our tips to make sure you are ready. We can also look back at lessons learned from previous hurricanes:

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Krista Melnar, PE, CFM, PMP, is the Stormwater Practice Leader in Austin.