The Atlantic hurricane season is known to bring dangerous weather to the Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea. The five months of the Atlantic hurricane season spans from June 1 to November 30. After three consecutive above-average seasons, you can expect to see a below-average one in 2019. Curious of what this year's hurricane season has in store?
Recap of the 2018 Hurricane Season
The 2018 hurricane season was the third consecutive above-average hurricane season, resulting in over $50.205 USD in damages. Catastrophic hurricanes Florence and Michael tore through the East Coast of the United States. The two major hurricanes of 2018 reached peaks of 150 MPH and 160 MPH winds. In addition to Florence and Michael, there were 15 named storms, and six category 1 or 2 hurricanes.
An Average Hurricane Season
What does an average hurricane season look like? According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), an average hurricane season produces 12 named storms, six of which become hurricanes. Of the six hurricanes, they expect three major hurricanes (Category 3 or higher on the Saffir-Simpson wind scale) to form.
2019 Season Predictions / What to Expect
11 days before hurricane season officially began, subtropical storm Andrea formed. Andrea was about 290 miles west-southwest of Bermuda and fizzled the day after it formed. The 2019 hurricane season officially kicked off on June 1, here’s what to expect:
- 13 named storms
- Five hurricanes
- Two major hurricanes (Category 3+)
Hurricane researchers have predicted a below average 2019 hurricane season. This is due to El Niño, a climate phenomenon in which ocean surface temperatures become warmer than normal.
Using Encircle in a CAT
Responding to a catastrophic event involves a lot of coordination and collaboration between restoration contractors and adjusters. That’s why J.C. Restoration used the Encircle Mobile App during Hurricane Harvey to improve communication between their teams. Regardless of their physical location, they were able to move quickly and work collaboratively on claims. In fact, three project managers were able to inspect and document 116 apartments across 30 buildings in two days! Learn more by reading the case study.