Alabama Power ready for hurricane season
Company offers tips to help customers stay safe
Hurricane season begins today. And while the skies may not be threatening at the moment, there’s no better time to make sure you are prepared for when severe weather strikes.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicts below-normal activity for this hurricane season, which runs through Nov. 30. Still, the agency estimates a 70 percent likelihood of between six and 11 named storms, and half of those could become hurricanes.
Many people are unaware that heavy rain and storm surge are the most dangerous elements of hurricanes and tropical storms – not high winds.
According to the National Weather Service and National Hurricane Center, storm surge has the potential to cause the largest loss of life in hurricanes. And since 1963, water – not wind – has accounted for nearly 90 percent of all tropical cyclone deaths in the U.S.
Alabama Power looks at both the historical data and scientific models as it updates its storm plans. “In preparation for each hurricane season, we always employ a continuous improvement approach,” said Don Boyd, Power Delivery Services General Manager. The process includes:
Nationwide, technology continues to improve the ability of forecasters to track a storm and quickly inform the public. New resources include:
Technology can provide advanced warning of a storm, and assist in restoration efforts, but individual planning and preparedness is essential to saving lives. Here are some tips about how you can stay safe before, during and after a hurricane:
Before a hurricane strikes:
During a hurricane:
After the storm:
Tip sources: ready.gov, NOAA
You can learn how Alabama Power works quickly to restore power after storms by visiting Alabama NewsCenter at www.alabamanewscenter.com. Click the Weather Center tab at the top of the page.
Alabama Power, a subsidiary of Atlanta-based Southern Company, (NYSE:SO), provides reliable electricity to more than 1.4 million customer at a total retail price that has been below the national average for decades. Learn more at www.alabamapower.com.