How to Build a Strong Hurricane Contingency Plan – Keith Boyer

The Atlantic hurricane season, which began June 1, is officially forecasted to last until November 30. While these dates historically describe the period each year when tropical cyclones form in the Atlantic basin, it is possible they will form outside these two dates.

Of course, 2017 was a particularly destructive hurricane season. It was the first season on record during which two Category 4 hurricanes—Harvey and Irma—made continental United States landfall in the same year. In terms of hurricane intensity, September 2017 is now recognized as the single most powerful month ever recorded in the Atlantic. Hurricane Irma gained the distinction of becoming the strongest Atlantic storm on record—excluding the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico. Total insured losses for 2017 hurricanes reached $215 billion.

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