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2013 Hurricane Season Predicted to be Very Active

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Hurricanes Require Modern Power Failure Lighting

The official Atlantic Hurricane Season begins on June 1st and ends on November 30 of each year. The annual predictions are made by the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and also by several hurricane experts at Colorado State University (CSU). Each year the predictions are published several times before the actual beginning of the season, with each successive one being a refinement of, and hopefully more accurate prediction than that of the previous report.

While the predictions differ, both organizations are calling for a very active 2013 hurricane season but less active than 2012 expecting:
  • 24 Named Storms (top winds of 39 mph or higher), including:
  • 8 Hurricanes (top winds of 74 mph or higher), of which:
  • 4 could be Major Hurricanes (Category 3, 4 or 5; winds of at least 111 mph)
  • Expect 3 to make landfall in the US

Each report goes on to predict how many may hit the U.S. Eastern, or Gulf Coasts. The links below will help you learn more about the 2013 Hurricane Season predictions from both teams.


NOAA predicts active 2013 Atlantic hurricane season

Preparing for a Hurricane

There are hurricanes like Rita and Katrina that no one could have been fully prepared for, but some simple steps could keep you safe and secure in your home during the less severe hurricanes:

  • Power Failure Lights - Hurricanes cause widespread power outages. Having the lights stay on is one of the surest ways to feel safe and secure during all the howling wind and rain that is charistic of a hurricane. Many of the national and state sponsored websites have finally stopped recommending candles for use as lighting during power failures. In 2005, the National Fire Protection Agency in Quincy, MA, issued a report on candle fires stating: "...an estimated average of 16,700 reported home candle fires caused an estimated 140 civilian fire deaths, 1,500 civilian fire injuries and $311 million in direct property damage" annually. Analysis of fatal home candle fires revealed that candles used for light during power outages caused about one-third of all fatal home candle fires. One of the major reasons we're introducing the new PowerSURE Safety Light as the first Residential standard ofr power failure lighting is simpy that many people are unprepared for the loss of utility supplied power and often get hurt stumbling around in the dark looking for an alternate source of lighting.

  • Bottled Water - Keep some bottled water stored for the season. We recommend that you do not store the water for longer than the expiration date on the bottle. If you store and bottle your own drinking water, boil it first to reduce the chance of bacteria growth while stored. The recommended storage is for 1 gal per day, but that varies on the number of people using it.

  • Portable Generator - Never use the generator indoors or in a closed space. Even using it in an open garage may cause dangerous Carbon Monoxide (CO) to enter the home. Allow exhaust to escape away from occupied areas. Also use only UL or other NRTL listed extension cords rated for the load. Do not connect the generator to the electric wiring of your home. Another word of caution, generators can electrocute people because of the high voltage they produce. Use common sense when working with electricity.

  • Cooking food - Normally a hurricane will pass in a 24 hour period and services return shortly thereafter. If you have a gas grill, ALWAYS! - use it outdoors; never in a garage or other closed area! It's a good idea to plan your next grill purchase to have a side burner where you can boil water or cook canned foods.

For additional hurricane preparation tips see The American Red Cross Website for Hurricane information.

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