The official 2013 Atlantic hurricane season (June 1-Nov. 30) forecast from Colorado State University predicts 18 named storms, with nine of them becoming hurricanes and four reaching major hurricane status (Category 3-5).
That is comparable with the actual 2012 Atlantic hurricane season total of 19 named storms and 10 hurricanes – including Hurricane Sandy, which devastated areas of the Northeast last October, causing an estimated $650 million in damage to recreational boats.
Hurricane Sandy demonstrated that even boaters in regions that infrequently experience hurricanes should be prepared for hurricane season. The direction, size and severity of storms can change quickly. Last-minute preparations often are difficult to make and limited in their scope.
So the marine assistance provider Sea Tow Services is advising boaters to start planning ahead. Now is the time for boaters to start taking steps to protect their vessels from what could be a very busy summer storm season along the U.S. Atlantic and Gulf coasts.