Every year from about August through November, the conditions are perfect. Warm waters close to the equator in the Atlantic Ocean creating moist air which rises upward, creating low pressure. This cycling turns into an engine of air flows and active atmospheric conditions which makes a hurricane, nature's biggest storm.
Most Importantly: Play it safe
Being prepared for the worst is the best advice for anybody in or close to hurricane country. Here's a point by point breakdown of what you'll require while getting ready for hurricane season. Evacuate means just that, so have a packing list prepared and secure anything you may need to leave behind.
Three things you should know about tropical storms:
The Thread is Unpredictable
Some tropical storms simply aren't visible. It takes advanced technology to recognize them. Furthermore, when over water they can be hard to follow. Tropical storms can be a little as 30-40 miles across, but most average 300 miles in width and can get up to 600 miles in distance across.
The Eye Tells a Story
A battered, asymmetrical eye shows a storm trying to strengthen. A smooth, round eye usually means a strong and solid storm. A tiny eye — sometimes called a pinhole or pinpoint eye — can mean an intense storm.
It's More Than Wind
The push of seawater brought inland by the storm's force is the storm surge, and it can cause a lot of destruction. Like a powerful flood, the storm surge is quick and can accumulate up to 20 feet of water. Storm surges have been known to travel many miles inland. For example, a cubic foot of seawater (3 feet x 3 feet) weighs 1728 pounds.
Why More of Us are Affected by Hurricanes
Electrical outages and blackouts can reach for hundreds of miles. The storms and rough weather resulting from a hurricane can create brown-outs, power outages, and surges to electrical systems miles and miles from the heart of the storm.
Trending demographics will show you there's been large population growth in the Southern and Southeastern parts of the U.S. Many baby-boomers are retiring and heading for warmer climes. Good jobs are also pulling people to those areas.
As indicated by the United States Census Bureau, the main five fastest-growing populations are all within reach of hurricane paths, and blackouts could have a halo effect, expanding the harm a long way past these urban centers:
With the increase in remote work, power needs are increasing.
The terms: telecommuting, working from home, or working remotely are now the norm.
What difference does this make? With most organizations, at-home workers are often responsible for the upkeep or their equipment and property. Having the right backup and surge protection equipment will provide peace of mind for your remote workspace.
Three Simple Ways to Safeguard your Electrical System
Surge protectors are the main line of protection against the unpredictable forces of extreme climate.
Spikes or surges in electric current can over-burden, harm or even ruin many of our digitized devices, computers and appliances. A surge protector acts as a deterrent to redirect excess voltage away from devices plugged in to it.
When things go dark, an UPS gives you crucial chance to respond.
A uninterruptible power supply (UPS), is also known as a battery backup. This gives backup power when your regular (utility) power source fails or voltage drops to an unacceptable level. A UPS creates a safe, efficient shutdown of a computer and related equipment. This reduce your chances of data loss and equipment damage.
Riding out the storm? Be sure to choose a reliable backup generator.
Using a backup generator to keep the power on for your home or business? It's smart to use a UPS reinforcement battery pack to cover your power needs until your generator is working. Today's computers and equipment need a continuous supply of quality power. Make sure a sine wave power backup is set up during that intermittent time between a power outage and generator startup.