Conditions are Ripe for Higher Number of Hurricanes in 2018
Researchers with Colorado State University’s Tropical Meteorology Project indicated in their late December 2017 forecast of Accumulated Cyclone Energy (ACE) that there is a 60 percent chance that the 2018 hurricane season will be more active rather than less active. The forecast for the total number of storms and the number of major hurricanes likely during the season is typically issued in April. See the predictions for Central Florida here.
Hurricanes hit Florida hard in 2017 with high winds and heavy rains, and signs seem to point to another active hurricane season that could affect Central Florida in 2018. Although the season doesn’t officially begin until June 1 and usually doesn’t start moving toward peak activity until late July and August, now is the time to start thinking about getting your home ready for any strong storms that could hit your Central Florida neighborhood.
The reason experts believe that Florida could endure another active and destructive hurricane season is due to the continuing La Nina influence in the equatorial Pacific waters. The cooler and drier impacts of a La Nina typically lead to more hurricanes in the Atlantic because there is generally a weaker vertical wind shear and trade winds that could tear apart storms. During a La Nina, the atmosphere in general tends to be more volatile.
While the likelihood of having a hurricane hit a specific area like Orlando within Florida is statistically low, 2017’s Hurricane Irma demonstrated the destruction such a storm can bring as it crawled up the Florida peninsula Sept. 10-11. Although the hurricane was downgraded to a Category 1 storm by the time it reached Central Florida, winds of up to 95 miles per hour did damage to the Kissimmee, Sanford, Palm Bay and Melbourne areas.
Preparing your roof and windows for potential hurricane damage is an important step to take, but it shouldn’t be put off until a storm is moving toward your area. Even though hurricane season doesn’t officially begin for nearly six months, now is the time to repair and upgrade your roof so that it can withstand hurricane-force winds.
You’ll first need to have your roof inspected. Even if you think it can withstand high winds and heavy rains, you may be surprised to find that there are cracked or missing shingles or weak areas in the shingles or the roof itself that could fail during a hurricane. Roof repairs or replacement made during winter and spring months won’t need to be rushed to completion before a storm hits.
Roof tie-downs, also known as hurricane straps, are another option you might want to consider to help ensure that your roof can handle the stress of hurricane-force winds. These are particularly helpful for homes that are more than ten years old. The straps provide bracing that reinforces the important connections in the roof and helps it stand up to strong winds. Re-roofing is another viable option.
If you live in Sanford, Palm Bay, Melbourne or other parts of Central Florida, a licensed and qualified roofing company like XLR8 Roofing can thoroughly perform a pre-hurricane roof inspection – inspecting your roof to recommend the proper steps to take to make it ready for any kind of severe weather. Call the Central Florida roofing experts atXLR8 Roofing to help prepare your home for the 2018 hurricane season!