It’s all a part of living on the east coast of a continent bordered by a vast pool of warm ocean waters. The warm waters provide the potential energy to small areas of disturbed and squally weather. Eventually, the showery and squally weather will feed off this vast region of warm water and develop into massive engines of energy, capable of producing widespread damage, injury and death. Actually, we happen to live in an area where just such ingredients are also available to our south in the Caribbean, as well as the Gulf of Mexico. Of course, I’m speaking of the hurricane.
The fact is, however, the chance of getting hit by a hurricane in any one year is rather small. For our area it’s less than a 10% chance in any given year. Officially, the hurricane season runs from June 1 through November 30. Our chances are greatest during August and September, but as we all must realize, a hurricane is possible anytime during the year, but is most likely during the six- month hurricane season.
Hurricanes are a natural phenomenon. In fact, hurricanes are a very efficient system our atmosphere has come up with to move heat and moisture around the globe. The bottom line to the earth’s weather systems is that they try to redistribute excess heat and moisture from equatorial areas toward the poles, which suffer from a deficiency of heat and moisture. The easy way to look at this is that the sun heats the earth unequally. The earth’s atmosphere is trying in vain to equalize things across the globe. As it turns out, the hurricane is a very efficient system of heat and moisture transport.
The energy in hurricanes can be amazing, amounting to the equivalent of hundreds of nuclear bombs exploding every minute. As a matter of fact, during the life of a single moderate to strong hurricane, it is estimated that enough energy is produced by the storm to supply our entire country with all its power needs for two to three years.
So, here we sit, on the coast, vulnerable to one of nature’s most powerful and destructive forces. The good news is that these storms kill relatively few people, and there are things you can do to minimize damage to property. By following the information provided in our guide, you can become storm-ready and as safe as possible.