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 http://www.nws.noaa.gov/com/weatherreadynation/hurricane_preparedness.html.

Here are some additional online resources for staying informed during the Atlantic tropical storm season:
National Hurricane Center Web site for current advisories, tracks, etc.: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/index.shtml.

Two-day outlook for photos of all active systems in the Atlantic basin, online at http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/gtwo.php?basin=atlc&fdays=2; and five-day graphical outlook, online at http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/gtwo.php?basin=atlc&fdays=5.

Information on storms missed: Advisory archive for 2017, online at http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/archive/2017/; and links to graphs and other data for 2017 storms, online at http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/data/tcr/index.php?season=2017&basin=atl.

National Hurricane Center videos on You Tube: https://www.youtube.com/user/nwsnhc.

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