National Hurricane Preparedness Week was May 7-13, 2017; Atlantic Tropical Storm Season Runs Officially on June 1-Nov. 30

The Atlantic tropical storm season (for the North Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, and Gulf of Mexico) runs officially from June 1 to November 30.  But once again in 2017, nature didn’t follow the official rules, because Tropical Storm Arlene formed in the mid-Atlantic in April.  (In 2016, Hurricane Alex formed in the mid-Atlantic in January.)

You may have missed Arlene, but the bulk of the Atlantic tropical storm season is coming, and mid-May is a good time to get ready.  The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) designated May 7-13, 2017, as National Hurricane Preparedness Week.  The agency identified seven areas of preparedness, one for each day of the week: Determine your risk;
Develop and evacuation plan;
Assemble disaster supplies;
Secure an insurance check-up;
Strengthen your home;
Check on your neighbor; and
Complete your written hurricane plan.
Information on these areas and lots of other information resources are available online at

Here are some additional online resources for staying informed during the Atlantic tropical storm season:
Virginia Department of Emergency Management’s “Know Your Zone” Web site for evacuation planning:

National Hurricane Center Web site for current advisories, tracks, etc.:

Two-day outlook for photos of all active systems in the Atlantic basin, online at; and five-day graphical outlook, online at

Information on storms missed: Advisory archive for 2017, online at; and links to graphs and other data for 2017 storms, online at

National Hurricane Center videos on You Tube:

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