The 2023 Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30.
The areas covered include the Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea.
The National Weather Service defines a hurricane as a "tropical cyclone with maximum sustained winds of 74 mph (64 knots) or higher."
Hurricanes are rated according to intensity of sustained winds on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.
The 1-5 scale estimates potential property damage.
A Category 3 or higher is considered a major hurricane.
The National Hurricane Center advises preparedness. National Hurricane Preparedness Week is April 30-May 6, 2023.
A hurricane watch indicates the possibility that a region could experience hurricane conditions within 48 hours.
A hurricane warning indicates that sustained winds of at least 74 mph are expected within 36 hours.
The Colorado State University Tropical Meteorology Project team predicts an "above-average" Atlantic hurricane season.
The team forecasts 18 named storms, including nine hurricanes, four of which will be major hurricanes.
Now is the time to prepare your business for the upcoming hurricane season.
For further disaster preparedness resources visit the NAHB Disaster Resources Toolkit & view the files and sites below.