While many other states enjoy winter, spring, summer, and fall, Florida follows a different cycle: wet, dry, and hurricane. Hurricane season officially begins on June 1, and residents brace themselves. One of the most alarming Florida hurricane facts is that the Sunshine State bears the brunt of at least 40% of all hurricane activity in the United States. What do you need to know in particular about this season?
Florida Hurricane Facts and Forecasts
Each year, experts from the Department of Atmospheric Science at Colorado State University and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issue their hurricane forecast, or predictions. It is important to prepare regardless of these forecasts. Even an “average” year can be devastating.
This year, we’re looking at an above average season, thanks to a weakening of El Nino climate conditions. These usually moderate hurricane activity. Another factor is sea surface temperatures in the Atlantic; they’re higher than usual, and this is typically linked to stronger storms. Some predictions:
- 70% chance of Category 3 or stronger hurricane making landfall on the entire coast
- 46% chance of Category 3 or stronger hurricane making landfall along East Coast and Florida peninsula
- 45% and 59% chance of Category 3 or stronger hurricane making landfall along Gulf Coast and Caribbean respectively
Experts predict there will be 19 named tropical storms (up from an average of 12.1), and nine will grow into hurricanes. Four of these will be major.
Florida hurricane facts and forecasts aren’t meant to “scare.” They’re meant to encourage Floridians and others in hot spots to take action. One of the best defenses you have is your home. Well built homes have a number of features that protect against storm damage: these include strategies to reduce wind pressure, roof slopes that deflect wind, reinforced windows, impact glass, and reinforced concrete.
Building techniques and materials make a significant difference in safety and in your home’s ability to withstand hurricane damage. While no structure is “hurricane-proof,” well built homes do offer exceptional protection.
Find out how South Florida home builders like Synergy Homes construct well built homes designed to weather storms. At Synergy Homes, the safety and well-being of you and your family is our number one priority. To learn more about the Synergy Homes building process, contact us today.
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