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August positions us well into the Atlantic hurricane season, commonly observed June through November in regions closest to the Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico, and the Caribbean Sea.

Hurricane strength is reported utilizing the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale, a numerical measure reporting relative strengths ranging from Categories 1-5. The United States National Weather Service (NWS) distinguishes hurricanes from the activity of other tropical systems by the established bright line of 74 mph winds or higher.

Hurricane names are cycled from lists produced by the World Meteorological Organization, and names are removed from rotation only when a storm has historically devastating effects. Although all hurricanes pose threats to life and property, those who measure to be Category 3+ are recognized by the NWS as major hurricanes. Similar to the terms used to relate the possibility of tornadic activity, the NWS observes both a hurricane watch and warning when expecting storms. A “watch” is issued when an area could potentially be affected by hurricane activity within 48 hours, whereas a “warning” imminently indicates that the sustained winds 74 mph or higher are expected within 1.5 days.

During this month, it is expected that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will update its initial 2019 Atlantic Hurricane forecast (first issued in May.)

This year’s names for Atlantic tropical formations are:

Screen Capture of National Hurricane Center Central Pacific Hurricane Center Library’s Presentation of Hurricane Name Lists located here.

In case any of these referrals should come across your desk, we at Think Anew and Boombox DR want you to be prepared. Register through the form below to win a tabletop disaster preparedness exercise to be delivered at your Facility’s convenience via webinar. This is a critical opportunity to ensure that your Emergency Operations Plan is exercised annually and that all staff are knowledgeable and able to demonstrate proficient understanding.

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