Editor’s Note: Cheryl Nelson is a disaster preparedness expert, a certified broadcast meteorologist and a Weather & Preparedness Advisor for Cummins. We’ve partnered with Cheryl to help you plan and prepare seasonally, so you can avoid being left without power.
Colorado State scientists recently issued their initial hurricane season prediction for the Atlantic Basin, forecasting 11 named storms, including four hurricanes and two major hurricanes. While the prediction for the 2017 hurricane season is slightly below average due to El Niño, remember that it only takes ONE tropical cyclone to impact millions of people.
The National Hurricane Center defines a tropical cyclone as “a rotating, organized system of clouds and thunderstorms that originates over tropical or subtropical waters and has a closed low-level circulation. Tropical cyclones rotate counterclockwise in the Northern Hemisphere.” They are classified as tropical depressions, tropical storms, hurricanes and major (category 3 or above) hurricanes.
If all 11 storms were to make landfall, a statistically below average hurricane season won’t seem so quiet. And spring and summer aren’t just for hurricanes – extreme heat, tornadoes and heavy rain can also lead to power outages. In order to help you prepare, I’ve put together some tips that will help you think both long- and short-term about severe weather preparedness:
Two Months Before Hurricane Season
One Month Out
Days to One Week Before Impending Hurricane or Storm
Stay safe this hurricane season.
About the Author: Cheryl Nelson is an Emmy-nominated and AP award-winning TV host, seasoned public speaker and certified broadcast meteorologist with over a decade of experience. Cheryl is currently a lifestyle TV show Co-Host for “Coast LIVE” on WTKR-TV in Norfolk, VA.
Cheryl has appeared nationally on “The Real” daytime talk-show, The Weather Channel, The AccuWeather Channel, Fox News Channel, CNBC and locally in markets such as WAVY-TV Norfolk (2007-2010), WTVR-TV Richmond and WSYR-TV Syracuse. You can visit Cheryl’s website at www.CherylNelson.net and follow her on Twitter and Facebook @CherylNelsonTV.
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