• May 29, 2023

Hurricane Season Begins

Hurricane Season Begins

Hurricane Season Begins 150 150 Elect Todd Hunter

In this week’s article I would like to remind everyone of the importance of being
prepared for the upcoming storm and hurricane season. When storms and hurricanes make
landfall, they can affect the lives of thousands of Texans along the coast and across the state. As
storm and hurricane season continues, being prepared, being aware of hazards, and having a plan
for evacuation can be lifesaving.

The 2023 Atlantic hurricane season began on June 1 and will conclude on November 30.
I am revisiting this topic because the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
(NOAA) has predicted, due to multiple climate factors, that this hurricane season will most likely
have a near-normal activity. According to the NOAA’S Climate Prediction Center, the outlook
predicts a 40% chance of a near-normal season. The climate Prediction Center is forecasting
between 12 to 17 named storms, with about 5 to 9 hurricanes, including 1 to 4 major hurricanes.

During hurricane season, tropical cyclones are more likely to form. Tropical cyclones are
a rotating organized system of clouds and thunderstorms that originate over tropical or
subtropical waters, have a closed low-level circulation, and rotate counterclockwise. Not all
tropical cyclones produce hurricanes. NOAA defines a tropical cyclone with maximum sustained
winds of 38mph or less as tropical depressions. A tropical storm is a tropical cyclone with
maximum sustained winds of 39-73mph. Hurricanes are a tropical cyclone with wind speeds of
74 mph or higher and a major hurricane has a maximum sustained wind speed of 111 mph or

It is important to prepare for hurricane season and understand your home’s vulnerability
to storm surge, flooding, and wind. You should also review your insurance policies to ensure that
you have adequate coverage for your home and property. Furthermore, it is also important to put
together an emergency kit and prepare a family emergency plan, discussing how and where you
plan to evacuate is essential, as well. The Texas Department of State Health Services
recommends all coastal residents to have these items in their evacuation kits:

• First-aid kit, prescription medications, eyeglasses, copies of prescriptions, other special medical
items, hearing aids and batteries
• Important documents and records, photo IDs, proof of residence, information to process
insurance claims
• Credit cards and cash (if power is out, banks and ATMs may not be available)
• Battery-operated radio, NOAA Weather Radio, and extra batteries
• Phone numbers of family, friends, and other important phone numbers
• Road maps
• 3-day supply of non-perishable food, one gallon of bottled water per person per day, coolers for
food and ice storage, paper plates, utensils
• Manual can opener, knife, tools, booster cables, fire extinguisher, duct tape, tarp, rope, and
flashlight with extra batteries
• Extra keys
• Blankets, pillows, sleeping bags for each person, extra clothing, toys for children
• Supplies for babies, the elderly and family members with special health care needs
• Toilet paper, cleanup supplies, personal hygiene products
• Leash, food, cleaning supplies and veterinary records for pets

If a hurricane is approaching, the best/safest thing to do is find the best evacuation route. It is
advised to prepare an evacuation checklist and kit ahead of time. The physical damage from
hurricanes can be devastating. There are ways to mitigate damage from the strong winds and
rain. Simple fixes include trimming or removing damaged trees and limbs from your yard, as
well as, having the proper materials in advance to board windows to protect them. Also, you can
bring loose outdoor items inside, and secure all doors on your property, including the garage
door, which is usually the most vulnerable. Also, move your car inside a garage or to another
secure location.

To keep up with potential storms throughout hurricane season, visit The National
Hurricane Center. The National Hurricane Center provides several resources to keep you up to
date. For more information on how and what to prepare for hurricane season, please visit the
American Red Cross Hurricane Safety.
If you have questions regarding any of the information mentioned in this week’s article,
please do not hesitate to call my Capitol or District Office. Please always feel free to contact my
office if you have any questions or issues regarding a Texas state agency, or if you would like to
contact my office regarding constituent services. As always, my offices are available at any time
to assist with questions, concerns, or comments (Capitol Office, 512-463-0672; District Office,

– State Representative Todd Hunter, District 32

Rep. Hunter represents Aransas County and Nueces County (Part). He can be contacted at todd.hunter@house.texas.gov or at 512-463-0672