Forecasters at NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center are predicting a 45 percent chance that the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season which runs June 1 through November 30 will be higher than average.
The average hurricane season is 12 named storms where winds are 39 mph or greater of which 6 storms are expected to become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or greater). Three major hurricanes (111 mph or greater) are seen in an average year. This year is expected to see 11 to 17 named storms and 5 to 9 hurricanes with 2 to 4 of the hurricanes reaching Category 3, 4 or 5 (111 mph or more).
While it isn't usual for a hurricane to make it inland to Calhoun County the weather events it creates (i.e. high rainfall in a short period of time, hail, high winds, tornados, etc...) often lead to dangers and disasters we need to be prepared to handle.
The South Carolina Hurricane Guide which became available last week through newspaper subscription and rack sales will be available tomorrow, June 1, at South Carolina Welcome Centers, at any Walgreen's store statewide and at SCDMV offices in select counties (not Calhoun County). You can also order a guide directly from SCEMD, South Carolina Emergency Management Division.
This is an excellent resource for emergency preparedness. Are you prepared?