Hurricane Crash Course
Hurricanes need three main ingredients to form: warm sea surface temperatures, minimal to no wind shear, and an area of organized, long-lasting thunderstorms. These storms tend to originate off the western coast of Africa.
The Atlantic hurricane season has begun and the most active area might just be off the U.S. East Coast.
At this time of year, passing cold fronts that linger over waters warmed by the late spring sun can trigger tropical storms there or off the Gulf of Mexico or western Caribbean.
What do I need to do to get prepared?
✓ Have a plan of action for your family and pets
✓ Check to make sure your emergency equipment is in good working order
✓ Fully charged 12V batteries and emergency generators are a must
✓ Store fuel for at least one month of use
✓ Have a minimum 10-day water supply
✓ Stock non-perishable foods
✓ Ensure your assets and family memories are protected
✓ Batteries and radio on hand
✓ First-aid kits
✓ Develop an escape plan
✓ Learn how to shut off your utilities
2019 Atlantic Hurricane Season Fast Facts
✓ The 2019 Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30. The areas covered include the Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea.
✓ The National Weather Service defines a hurricane as a "tropical cyclone with maximum sustained winds of 74 mph (64 knots) or higher."
Hurricanes are rated according to intensity of sustained winds on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. The 1-5 scale estimates potential property damage.
✓ A Category 3 or higher is considered a major hurricane.
✓ The National Hurricane Center advises preparedness:
✓ A hurricane watch indicates the possibility that a region could experience hurricane conditions within 48 hours.
✓ A hurricane warning indicates that sustained winds of at least 74 mph are expected within 36 hours.
✓ Hurricane names are pulled from six rotating lists maintained and updated by the World Meteorological Organization. Storm names are retired only when those storms are particularly deadly or costly.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why should I consider a standby generator now?
The electrical grid in the USA is now old (50+ yrs) and becoming more and more susceptible to outages. Having a standby generator installed at your home will provide you with standby power during power outages.
What can a standby generator power in my house?
By installing a 15kW air-cooled standby generator you can expect to power the following: most 4-ton central air conditioner’s, refrigerator, freezer, lights, television, and computer. Just about your whole house. If you happen to have an electric cook top stove you may want to consider stepping up to a 20 or 25 kW unit.
What do I have to do to make the generator come on during an emergency?
You do nothing. When the power from your electrical provider fails, your standby generator will automatically switch from your provider isolating your generator from the grid (in accordance to the law), automatically start and provide your home with electrical power all in less than 1 minute time.
How long does it take to get my generator installed?
Now is the time to order your generator. Generator sales are at an all time high with the factory giving a 14 day lead time that may grow longer when the winter season arrives. Installation takes from 2 to 4 days.