Hurricane Season 2020: Brief Overview & What to Expect

Wow. What a crazy year it has been so far in 2020. I know many of you probably don't want to even think about natural disasters with the way this year has been going, but as we barrel into June and the summer months, it's inevitable. 

Being South Carolina's most trusted roofing company since 1950, we wanted to do a little research and dive into what the experts are saying so you and your roof can know what to expect over the next several months.

How Many Hurricanes?

In years past, most hurricane seasons included an average of 12 major storms. However, over the last 4 years, this number has surpassed the 12 mark so they are predicting 13-19 named storms for 2020.
Based on the NOAA's website, predictions include 6 to 10 of these could become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher), including 3-6 major hurricanes (winds of 111 mph or greater).

A great link to check out when there is the beginning of activity is the Hurricane Weather Research and Forecast system (HWRF).  They incorporate data from satellites and radar to help produce better forecasts of hurricane tracking and strength.

Hurricane Weather Research & Forecast system HWRF

What To Do In the Event of a Hurricane

The #1 Rule: Be Prepared
The absolute best way to go into hurricane season is to be PREPARED. Hurricanes can affect areas more than 100 miles inland: We have family, friends, and clients all over the state of SC, including the coastline. And if you think you're safe in Columbia, remember, we're only 112 miles from Charleston.

If a hurricane warning is issued for your location, take these precautions:

  • Research escape routes and shelters in your area
  • Gather needed supplies for 3 days (water, food, medication, flashlights, batteries, etc)
  • Keep important documents in a safe place or create password-protected digital copies
  • Protect your property: declutter drains and gutters, consider hurricane shutters, review insurance policies
  • Keep your car in good running condition and full of gas
  • Bring loose, lightweight objects inside that could become projectiles in high winds
  • Cover your homes windows with storm shutters or plywood
  • Charge your cell phone in case you lose power
  • Constantly check your area's weather alert systems for updates
Please Remember: you may need to adjust your preparedness actions based on current events (COVID-19). Please routinely check the CDC for latest health and safety guidelines, especially if you need to go to a shelter.

At Clyde Nettles, we also proudly install Atlas Roofing Shingles. They now have a product that is guaranteed to withstand up to 150 mph wind gusts. Get all the info at or contact us today for more information. If you live anywhere near the coast this could be a great option for your next roof.

Thanks for reading! We wish everyone a safe and happy summer, and let's all hope 2020 brings us a less than normal Hurricane Season. It's been a rough year with the pandemic we could all use a break! :)



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