Tropical Storm Eta formed in the central Caribbean on Halloween Day. That made it the 28th named storm of the year, making the 2020 season tied with 2005 for the most in a single season.
This year is the first time that Eta is used for naming a storm. There were 27 named systems in 2005, with another unnamed one added to the figures after a post-season analysis of the year by the National Hurricane Season.
It’s not just the number that matters with the 2020 hurricane season, which isn’t officially over at the time of this writing. It is the number of storms that made landfall.
The United States experienced 11 tropical systems coming ashore during 2020, with six hurricanes part of the mix. That ties or beats the records for land-based activity, with Louisiana getting five of them: Cristobal, Marco, Laura, Delta, and Zeta.
How to Prepare for a Hurricane
When people say that they will ride out a hurricane, that means they’re staying home while the storm blows through their community.
If it is a category 1 storm, that might be a feasible approach. When a category 5 hurricane is headed your way, an evacuation plan might be necessary.
These steps can help you prepare for those circumstances if you live along the eastern or southern U.S. coast.
- Sign up for local warnings and alerts. You’ll need an evacuation plan to follow if you must leave your home.
- Stock up on emergency supplies, including food, water, medication, and supplements. Order your items from Natural Ophthalmics right away.
- Secure enough supplies for your pets. Use the items from Pet Wellbeing to supplement their needs to ensure good health throughout the ordeal.
- Lockdown the exterior of your home. Any potted plants, patio furniture, bicycles, and outdoor decorations need to come inside. If an item must stay outdoors, wrap them in blankets or burlap for protection.
- Move items to higher ground when possible. Store important documents in waterproof containers. You’ll want to identify a shelter room for your home and avoid any unprotected doors or windows.
Hurricanes and tropical storms can create devastating damage. If you live in an affected area, please look at insurance options and other protections to reduce the risk of long-term financial harm.