2021 Hurricane Season

The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June to November, with the peak season happening between mid-August to late October. On average there are six hurricanes, three which are categorized as “major,” each year.

Hurricane Categories

Category 1: 74 – 95 MPH Winds

Some Damage:

  • Potential roof damage
  • Large tree branches may snap, shallow-rooted trees may fall
  • Damage to utility poles and power lines. Outages may last few to several days
Category 2: 96 – 110 MPH Winds

Extensive Damage:

  • Potential major roof damage
  • Shallow-rooted trees will be snapped or unrooted
  • Power outages for several days to weeks
Category 3: 111 – 129 MPH Winds

Devastating Damage:

  • Major home damage
  • Many trees will be snapped or unrooted
  • Electricity and water may be unavailable for several days to weeks
Category 4: 130 – 156 MPH Winds

Catastrophic Damage:

  • Severe home damage
  • Most trees will be snapped or uprooted and utility poles downed
  • Power outages for weeks to possibly months
Category 5: > 156 MPH Winds

Catastrophic Damage:

  • A high percentage of framed homes will be destroyed
  • Fallen trees and power poles will isolate residential areas
  • Power outages for weeks to possibly months


  • Store one gallon of water per person per day.
  • Keep at least a three-day supply of water per person (two quarts for drinking, two quarts for each person in your household for food preparation/sanitation).*

Safety Checklist

  • Create a disaster prep kit for each member of your family to ensure their safety and comfort during a power outage. A basic kit should include bottled water, non-perishable food and battery-powered flashlights.
  • Keep a first-aid kit ready and have 2 week supply of all prescription medications.

Convenience Checklist

  • Stock up on batteries and other alternatives to meet your needs when the power goes out.
  • Have flashlights with extra batteries for every household member.
  • Keep mobile phones and other electric equipment charged and gas tanks full.

Have pets?

  • Have your pets’ vaccinations records and be certain they’re wearing their collars with rabies tags and ID/phone number. Keep microchip registrations current.
  • Keep extra food available for your pet.
  • If you plan to evacuate, know where you can take your pets. Never leave them behind.