June 1 marked the official start of hurricane season and this year’s forecast has an ominous outlook. The federal Climate Prediction Center is forecasting 6 to 10 hurricanes, with three to six of them reaching at least Category 3 status with winds of 111 mph or higher. Meanwhile, the Tropical Meteorology Project at Colorado State University foresees about 8 hurricanes, with four reaching Category 3 status. CSU researchers put the probability of a major hurricane making landfall along the U.S. East Coast at 45 percent, compared with an average of 31 percent during the last century.
What does this mean for you? Members should be ready for the possibility of prolonged power outages that hurricanes and major summer storms can bring. Before the weather starts to get bad, ensure you have a planned evacuation route, especially if your home is in a low-lying area. Make sure you have a 3-day supply of water, nonperishable food, a first aid kit, flashlights, batteries, medications, and supplies for the furry members of your family. More helpful tips can be found by visiting