Loc: Orlando, FL
Atlantic Hurricane Season 2018 Officially Begins
Fri Jun 01 2018 07:02 AM
Today marks the first day of the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane season, which runs intil November 30th.
Last year, Harvey, Irma, Maria, Nate, the 4 hurricanes that hit the United States last year will be remembered. The first three, Harvey, Irma, and Maria were the trio that broke the chain of no major us-landfalling hurricanes for 11 years prior. These affected the areas they hit greatly.
Rockport, Texas by the wind, and much of eastern Texas from the flooding rains. Harvey was retired and will remain a strong memory for many in the area.
Irma, wiping out Barbuda in the Caribbean, ST. Martin, Virgin Islands, and others, before moving into Cuba and Florida, the worst damage on the mainland being just east of Key West, FL.
Maria, first devistating the island of Dominica before tearing apart much of Puerto Rico.
This year won’t be like that, but there is no guarantee another major hurricane will not hit again, in different ways. The water temperatures are a bit cooler, and the shear is likely to be more impactful, but still the overall favorible pattern exists. Alberto was the early foray into the season, with one of the oddest sub-tropical systems that we’ve seen in a good while.
Beyond Alberto, the next area to watch is likely the West Caribbean and Gulf still (particularly in 10-12 days), then expanding into more of the Atlantic in July.
Once again we’ll be watching out in the Atlantic, and Hawaii if any storms threaten there.
This is also the first year of operational Goes-16 satellite data, which is still being integrated into various websites.
Remember, this site (and others like it) should just supplement, but not replace the official sources.
Be Hurricane prepared!
Sales Tax Holiday
This year Florida has a Hurricane Supply Sales Tax Holiday running June 1-7, 2018
This Includes reusable ice packs $10 or less.
$20 or less flashlights, lanters, cancles.
$25 or less: Any gas or diesel fuel container, including LP gas and kerosene containers
$30 or less: Batteries, including rechargeable batteries, excluding automobile and boat
Coolers and ice chests (food-storage; nonelectrical)
$50 or less: tarps, Visqueen, plastic sheeting, plastic drop cloths, and other flexible waterproof sheeting
Ground anchor systems, Tie-down kits, Bungee cords, Ratchet straps, Radios (powered by battery, solar, or hand-crank)
Two-way, Weather band
and Portable Generators Selling for $750 or less.