Weather forecast calls for strong hurricane season in 2024, be prepared before the storm

BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Hurricane season in the Atlantic Basin begins June 1, which means now is the time to prepare before the storm hits. Last year, the 2023 hurricane season was technically above average; however, Louisiana remained storm-free for the second year in a row. Tropical cyclones have certain ingredient requirements for the oceans and atmosphere to form.

When a storm forms, it’s important to know how its forecast and associated impacts are communicated to you through Nation Hurricane Center (NHC) products and charts, including a new version of the Cone of Uncertainty.

Tropical systems that make landfall, whether severe hurricanes or simply tropical storms, can bring a wide variety of hazards that can directly affect you. There are ways to mitigate your risk from these dangers by preparing your home, purchasing your insurance, and creating a bag of essential items.

The rapid intensification of storms before they make landfall, particularly along the Gulf Coast, has been a growing concern in recent years. The folks at the NHC have seen big improvements in storm intensity forecasts thanks to the efforts of the Hurricane Hunters.

The 2024 Atlantic hurricane season is shaping up to be quite active, with seasonal forecasters calling for an above-average season thanks to the development of the La Niña phenomenon and record heat in the Atlantic Ocean.

The Mayor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, or MOHSEP, is a great resource to help you and your family prepare before a storm hits. They can also coordinate with other agencies to provide assistance during a storm and its aftermath.

Evacuation is important if you are under these orders and want to make sure your pets are taken care of as well.

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