The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration now expects a “below normal” hurricane season, thanks to El Nino. That could be a blessing for those forced to make roof repairs by last year’s tough season.
USA Today reports that forecasters expect nine to 13 named tropical storms, with four to seven of those becoming hurricanes. A lighter season would be a welcome relief.
Hurricanes Irma, Harvey and Maria last year wrought widespread destruction and recovery, including roof repairs, has been slow.
A lighter hurricane season shouldn’t lull anybody into a false sense of security. According to CNN:
As usual, the latest forecast cannot offer the bit of information most critical to residents living in hurricane-prone areas: precisely where this year’s storms might strike. The zone extends from the Gulf Coast of Texas around Florida to the Carolinas and, sometimes, as far north as Boston.Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria last year put a dramatic end to a 12-year period with no major hurricane landfalls in the United States and ranked among the top five costliest hurricanes in history. The top US official over NOAA this spring offered that experience as a cautionary tale.“The devastating hurricane season of 2017 demonstrated the necessity for prompt and accurate hurricane forecasts,” US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said.
FEMA officials said they aren’t letting their guard down. According to USA Today:
Whatever the predictions, officials caution that it only takes one powerful hurricane to bring disaster. “Today’s updated outlook is a reminder that we are entering the height of hurricane season and everyone needs to know their true vulnerabilities to storms and storm surge,” said FEMA administrator Brock Long.
“Now is the time to know who issues evacuation orders in their community, heed the warnings, update your insurance and have a preparedness plan,” Long said.
Whatever happens, David Bange Roofing will be there to address your roof repair needs.