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Anticipating a major storm in Lafayette LA or Shreveport LA?Are you ready for the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season? Yes, it’s that time of year again. The season officially runs from June 1 through November 30 each year. And yes, the official hurricane season lasts six months. When the time comes, whether you need storm preparation or after-storm repairs, Sibley Construction Services can help you take care of that—and more.

According to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), there is a 75% chance that the 2018 storm season will see near average or more than the average number of storms in the Atlantic basin.

NOAA is forecasting 10 to 16 named storms—including 5 to 9 hurricanes and 1 to 4 major hurricanes of Category 3 strength or higher—for the Atlantic this year. Last year’s season ended with 10 hurricanes, 6 of which were major hurricanes. The Atlantic averages 12 named storms annually, with 6 hurricanes and 3 major hurricanes.

Tropical storms are given names when they display a rotating circulation pattern and have wind speeds of 39 miles per hour. A tropical storm develops into a hurricane when its wind speeds reach 74 mph.

2018 Hurricane SeasonAccording to The Old Farmer’s Almanac, hurricanes’ names are selected by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). They prepare six lists of hurricane names for storms in the Atlantic. Every six years, the list of names begins again, but the names of the more destructive hurricanes are usually retired.

The WMO’s Hurricane Committee reported in April that they have retired the names Harvey, Irma, Maria and Nate from its list of rotating names because of the level of destruction those storms caused in 2017. Those four names will be replaced by Harold, Idalia, Margot and Nigel in the year 2023.

From the World Meteorological Organization, here are the hurricane names for the 2018 season:

  • Alberto
  • Beryl
  • Chris
  • Debby
  • Ernesto
  • Florence
  • Gordon
  • Helene
  • Isaac
  • Joyce
  • Kirk
  • Leslie
  • Michael
  • Nadine
  • Oscar
  • Patty
  • Rafael
  • Sara
  • Tony
  • Valerie
  • William

Here is FEMA‘s advice with regard to the 2018 Atlantic storm season: “It only takes one storm to devastate a community so now is the time to prepare. Do you have adequate insurance, including flood insurance? Does your family have a communication and evacuation plan? Stay tuned to your local news and download the FEMA app to get alerts, and make sure you heed any warnings issued by local officials.”

Lafayette LA Mold Remediation and Abatement ServicesWill you be prepared? Sibley Construction Services can help you prepare with board-up services whenever a storm is forecasted for the Lafayette, LA, area this summer and fall. We can also provide recovery services after the storm has passed including damage evaluation, mold remediation, storm damage repair and roofing repair or replacement.

Additional services we offer include destructive testing and indoor air quality assessment. We can also work with your insurance company through the insurance restoration process. For larger projects, we offer project management and general contracting. As you can tell from the list of services we offer, you will be in very good hands with Sibley Construction no matter what type of damages you incur from a tropical storm or hurricane.

Most of the items on our list of services are familiar to residents of the Lafayette area, but the term destructive testing may not be as familiar. Destructive testing is an investigative process used to determine where a mold problem originated, and it helps to determine the scope of the mold remediation plan.

Advance preparation could mean you incur less damage from a storm and will require less repair services than some of your neighbors who do not adequately prepare. Boarding up the windows of your home or business can make a huge difference and save money in the long run.

Prior to 2017, the United States experienced 12 years without a major hurricane landfall. Our 2017 hurricanes, Harvey, Irma and Maria, ranked among the top five costliest hurricanes in history (NOAA). As you can imagine, Katrina is the costliest United States storm on record.

Damage from hurricane Sandy

Damage from Hurricane Sandy.

Creating uncertainty around the 2018 storm predictions are La Nina and El Nino. During the La Nina weather phenomenon, water in the eastern Pacific is cooler than normal. La Nina impacts the climate globally and creates conditions favorable for tropical storms to develop in the Atlantic. During El Nino, water in the eastern Pacific is warmer than normal, leading to fewer tropical storms in the Atlantic. Right now, neither La Nina nor El Nino is present. The forecasting models suggest El Nino may develop this fall. If that happens, storms late in the season will weaken. If it doesn’t, we can expect storms at the higher end of what is predicted for 2018.

Sibley ConstructionStay informed, and remember that Sibley Construction Services specializes in delivering quality-driven, cost-effective construction and restoration services. You can look to Sibley Construction Services for professional storm damage assessment, insurance restoration and mold remediation and abatement. In Lafayette, LA, call Sibley Construction Services at (337) 264-9238.



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