Well, it’s that time of year again! Along with fun in the sun on the beach comes hurricane season, which by the way started early this year. The following is an excerpt from Wikipedia regarding this years occurrences so far:

“The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season officially began on June 1, 2017, and will end on November 30, 2017. These dates historically describe the period each year when most tropical cyclones form in the Atlantic basin and are adopted by convention. However, as shown by the exceptionally rare Tropical Storm Arlene, which was only the second named storm on record to form in April, the formation of tropical cyclones is possible at any time of the year.

For the third consecutive year in a row, activity began early, with the formation of Tropical Storm Arlene on April 19, nearly a month and a half before the official start of the season. It is only the second named storm on record to exist in the month in April, with the first being Ana in 2003, as well as the strongest overall for the month of April.

Beginning this year, the National Hurricane Center will issue advisories on disturbances that are not yet tropical cyclones but have a high chance to become one, and are expected to bring tropical storm or hurricane conditions to landmasses within 48 hours. Such systems would be termed “potential tropical cyclones”, and would have the same content in an advisory as regular storms would do.[1]”

So now what?

Be prepared for it. If you live anywhere near the Gulf Coast or the Atlantic Coast from Florida to Maine, have a plan, have your bags ready to move should you need to, and have a weather radio of some sort programmed, and with fresh batteries. Remember, it pays to be ready. Also, here’s a link to NWS.gov that could give you some ideas on how to prepare:

http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/hurricane/index.shtml