June 1 marks the start of hurricane season.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicts there is a 65 percent chance of an above-normal hurricane season this year due to La Niña conditions in the forecast. NOAA is predicting from 14 to 21 named storms that have tropical storm-force winds of 39 mph or above, 6 to 10 hurricanes (category 1 or 2) and 3 to 6 major hurricanes (category 3 or higher).
While NOAA’s predictions are for an above-average season, as a reference, this year should be like the past 5 hurricane seasons. The entire state of South Carolina is susceptible to the impacts of tropical weather and hurricanes.
Now is the best time to prepare for hurricane season by accessing the following important resources:
- The South Carolina Hurricane Guide is a great resource for hurricane preparation and planning.
- SCEMD’s main website offers an array of information, including how to download the SC Emergency Manager mobile app.
- Clemson Public Service and Agriculture shares useful information on its Emergency preparedness and post-hurricane impact resources website.