June 1st - The Official Start of Atlantic Hurricane Season
Hurricane season begins June 1st and runs through November 30th. The 2017 hurricane season is predicted to have above-average activity, so it is important to prepare for the possibility of a severe storm.
To prepare for a hurricane, it is important to keep your roof in mind. If you are located in a coastal state, schedule a roof inspection to get your roof ready for future storm(s).
Why Schedule an Inspection? While your roof is designed to withstand the elements, no roof is 100% immune to the damages of microbursts, heavy winds or hurricanes. Even roofs that are properly designed and installed can become damaged in a severe storm due to flying debris, pressure and wind uplift. Preventative maintenance is the best way to prepare your roof and can potentially save you thousands of dollars in future repairs.
Hurricane Preparations include:
- Clean drains and make sure they are free of debris
- Check for loose metal flashings such as metal drip edge, copings and wall flashings
- Remove any loose items such as air conditioning parts, construction debris, pallets, cables, fasteners and unused equipment (like satellite dishes) from roof
- Inspect the roof membrane for possible areas of water infiltration, loose or open seams and blisters
- Check for failing wall flashings where wind or rain can infiltrate
What is a hurricane? There is a sequence beginning with tropical cyclones that can lead to hurricanes depending on maximum wind speeds as outlined below.
- Tropical cyclone: a rotating low-pressure weather system that has organized thunderstorms but no fronts (a boundary separating two air masses of different densities).
- Tropical depression: A tropical cyclone with maximum sustained surface winds of less than 39 miles per hour (mph)
- Tropical storm: A tropical cyclone with maximum sustained winds of 39 mph or higher
- Hurricane: When a storm's maximum sustained winds reach 74 mph. The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale is a 1 to 5 rating, or category, based on a hurricane's maximum sustained winds. The higher the category, the greater the hurricane's potential for property damage.
Hurricanes originate in the Atlantic basin, which includes the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, Gulf of Mexico, the Eastern North Pacific Ocean, and, less frequently, the Central North Pacific Ocean. (Source: National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration, US Department of Commerce)
In 2016, there were an average of 11.3 storms with 6.2 hurricanes and 1.7 with landfall in the United States. The predictions for 2017 are: 9-13 storms with 3-6 hurricanes and 1-3 major hurricanes. (Source: www.weatherworksinc.com)
Just for Fun! Is your name on the list for 2017 Hurricanes?
Arlene, Bret, Cindy, Don, Emily, Franklin, Gert, Harvey, Irma, Jose, Katia, Lee, Maria, Nate, Ophelia, Philippe, Rina, Sean, Tammy, Vince, Whitney.