The six-month 2018 Hurricane Season officially began on June 1st and IYC has put together an easy downloadable guide for yachts under insurance management on how to be prepared for hurricane season and named wind storms. The guide includes valuable information around predictions and warnings, precautionary measures, and active measures should a storm occur. “The best way to be prepared is by having a plan prior to a possible disaster,” says Diana Grzeszczak, Insurance Specialist at IYC.
The 2017 Hurricane Season, which included Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, was the costliest on record and re-enforced the need to be prepared and have a formal plan for storm scenarios in order to limit potential damage. While it is ideal to avoid all storms and hurricanes, having a plan will ensure that if extreme weather events are forecasted, a course of action is in place to keep the yacht and its occupants safe.
(Data released by NOAA - the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)
- Predictions show an average to above-average season is expected, increasing the risk to the U.S. coastline and Caribbean islands.
- During the 2018 season, it is expected that the Atlantic will produce five of the expected nine ‘mighty storms’.
- A total of 10 to 16 named storms, of tropical-strength or stronger, are expected to cross the basin, threatening the U.S., Mexico and popular cruising ground the Caribbean. This is similar to the predicted range for 2017.
- Of these expected named storms, 1 to 4 may become major hurricanes (with winds of 111miles/179kilometers per hour or more)
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