It is that time of year again when residents of coastal regions brace themselves for the annual hurricane season. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has released its predictions for the upcoming season, which runs from June 1st to November 30th.

According to NOAA, the 2023 hurricane season is expected to be above average, with a total of 17 named storms predicted. Of those, eight are expected to become hurricanes, with four reaching major hurricane status (Category 3 or higher). These predictions are based on various factors such as sea surface temperatures, wind patterns, and El Niño activity.

It is important to note that these predictions are just that - predictions. It only takes one storm to cause significant damage and disruption, and it is important for residents of coastal regions to be prepared regardless of the forecast.

Preparation is key to staying safe during a hurricane. This includes having an emergency plan in place, stocking up on supplies such as non-perishable food, water, and medication, and staying informed of the latest weather updates. It is also important to have a evacuation plan in place in case of mandatory evacuation orders.

If a storm is approaching, residents should take the necessary precautions to protect their property, such as boarding up windows and securing loose items outside. They should also be prepared to lose power and have backup plans for communication and transportation.

It is also important to remember that the danger from a hurricane does not end when the storm has passed. Flooding, power outages, and debris can continue to pose a threat for days and even weeks after the storm has passed.

Overall, the 2023 hurricane season is shaping up to be an active one. It is crucial for residents of coastal regions to be prepared and to take the necessary precautions to keep themselves and their property safe. Stay informed, stay vigilant, and stay safe.