The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season is here.
According to The Weather Channel, tropical storm and hurricane activity during the six-month-long season typically reach a peak during the late summer and early fall, namely August into October.
This year, there’s a 70 percent chance that there will be 11 to 17 named storms. Named means that the storms will have sustained winds of 39 mph or higher. Of those, 5 to 9 are expected to become hurricanes with winds of 75 mph or higher. Additionally, two to four of those storms could become hurricanes of category 3, 4, or 5 status with winds higher than 111 mph.
So what should a boat owner do today with this information? Bookmark this preparedness checklist http://seatownews.com/hurricaneprep.pdf because it lasts all the way through hurricane season
Most importantly, start preparing now. Review the checklist and make a plan. You’re ready for go-time as soon as the storm is announced it is heading your way. Tropical storms or hurricanes can be unpredictable, being prepared takes the stress and anxiety out of awaiting the final path.
Do you have any pictures of your boat after a tropical storm or hurricane has passed through? If so, please email them to Hello@seatow.com and we’ll post them on our social media sites with information about why to prepare.