Hurricane season is a time of the year when residents along the coasts of the United States have to pay close attention to the weather forecasts. Hurricanes begin as waves off the African coast or low-pressure systems that form in the Atlantic Ocean or the Gulf of Mexico. There are also hurricanes that form in the Pacific Ocean and impact the western states of the country. Most of the energy of hurricanes is near the center of the storm. The center is also known as the eye. However, rain bands and thunderstorms can extend for several miles away from the center. This means that people who live in areas where a potential landfall is forecast could see impacts from a hurricane before the center arrives.
While most hurricanes have winds of less than 100 mph when they make landfall, there have been a few noted storms in recent decades with winds over 150 mph and that have been classified as a Category 4 or 5. These include Wilma, Camille, Maria, Katrina, and Irma. About one-third of homeowners in states that have the possibility of seeing at least one hurricane make landfall in a season don’t have insurance coverage or any plan in place if a storm arrives. To learn more about hurricanes, visit The Weather Guys website.