(Norwalk, Conn.) Today, June 1, 2022, is the official start of hurricane season and the City of Norwalk urges residents to get prepared now. The City announced several ways residents can prepare for unpredictable severe summer weather and potential storm emergencies this hurricane season.
Weather experts caution that tropical storms are developing earlier in the hurricane season and even ahead of June 1. Eight of the past 10 hurricane seasons have begun before June 1, and officials at the National Hurricane Center are discussing whether to move the start of hurricane season up to mid-May in the near future.
Hurricanes wreak havoc along the East Coast—dumping rain, causing power outages and creating high winds and tornadoes that can lead to life-threatening situations and millions of dollars in property damage. Last year’s Hurricane Ida was one of the most devastating and costliest on record. Fifty-five deaths were directly attributed to Ida’s flooding, high winds and tornadoes. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration estimated damages to be $76.5 billion—the fifth-highest following hurricanes Katrina, Harvey, Maria and Sandy.
This year’s hurricane season is expected to be another busy one, with the Weather Channel forecasting 20 tropical storms, eight hurricanes, and four major hurricanes expected to reach at least Category 3. The City of Norwalk urges residents to take time now to ensure that they, their families, and their homes are prepared for hurricane season and unpredictable severe summer weather.
Below are a few actions residents can take to prepare for a potential storm and severe summer weather.
For further preparedness tips and resources, please visit www.ready.gov or https://portal.ct.gov/CTPrepares.