The Atlantic hurricane season is June to November, with the peak season from mid-August to late October. On average there are 6 hurricanes, three which are categorized as “major,” each year. History provides important examples of the potentially dangerous impact hurricanes can have and the need to be prepared.
The deadliest hurricane in U.S. history, referred to as the “Great Galveston Hurricane,” struck Texas in 1900 and resulted in an estimated 11,000 deaths.
Since 1851, the top three states for hurricane landfalls are Florida (114), Texas (63), and Louisiana (54), according to data from the Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory in Miami.
Hurricane Sandy caused 8.5 million power outages across 21 states, the highest outage total ever.
23 days after Hurricane Katrina local utilities had power restored to only three-quarters of their customers.
ESFI offers these safety tips to help you:
Unplug your appliances and power cords from outlets to protect them from power surges
Stay indoors during the hurricane and away from windows and glass
If flood waters reached the level of electrical outlets, contact a licensed electrician before attempting to use electricity in the home
If you plan to use a portable generator, ESFI recommends a licensed electrician install it to ensure it will operate safely
Use flashlights as a source of light. Candles are a fire hazard
Prior to use, have a qualified service repair dealer determine what electrical equipment should be replaced and what can be reconditioned
Test your home’s carbon monoxide detectors and smoke alarms to ensure they’re functioning
Never operate a generator inside your home or in other enclosed or partially enclosed spaces, including garage
Never touch a fallen power line or drive through standing water if a downed power line is nearby. Report downed power lines to local authorities
Use a battery operated radio to stay informed about important safety update