From the OEM: 2023 Hurricane Season

The National Hurricane Center has come out with the predictions for this Hurricane Season which begins June 1st and ends on November 30th 2023.

The following is their predictions. The peak season is normally from late September through middle of November. 


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Hurricanes are classified into five categories based on their wind speed, central pressure, and damage potential (see chart). Category Three and higher hurricanes are considered major hurricanes, though Categories One and Two are still extremely dangerous and warrant your full attention.

How are the Hurricane Categories Determined?

Catergory #1:

74-95 MPH winds Minimal: Unanchored mobile homes, vegetation and signs.  4-5 feet storm surge.

Category #2:

96-110 MPH winds Moderate: All mobile homes, roofs, small crafts, flooding. 6-8 feet storm surge

Category #3:

111-130 MPH winds  Extensive: Small buildings, low-lying roads cut off. 9-12 feet storm surge

Category #4:

131-155 MPH winds Extreme: Roofs destroyed, trees down, roads cut off, mobile homes  destroyed. Beach homes flooded. 13-18 feet storm surge

Category #5:

More than 155 MPH winds. Catastrophic: Most buildings destroyed. Vegetation destroyed. Major roads cut off. Homes flooded. Greater than 18 feet storm surge

How are Hurricanes Named?

Since 1953, Atlantic tropical storms have been named from lists originated by the National Hurricane Center and now maintained and updated by an international committee of the World Meteorological Organization. The lists featured only women’s names until 1979. After that, men’s and women’s names were alternated. Six lists are used in rotation. Thus, the 2001 lists will be used again in 2007. The only time there is a change in the list is if a storm is so deadly or costly that the continued use of the name would be inappropriate for reasons of sensitivity. When this occurs, the name is stricken from the list and another name is selected to replace it. Sometimes names are changed. Lorenzo replaced Luis and Michelle replaced Marilyn.