At present in the USA it is hurricane season. A time of the year lasting approximately six months where the country is likely to be hit by frequent tropical cyclones.
The season officially starts on June 1st and lasts until the end of November, having extended as occurrences outside the boundaries became more common.
US Coastal Regions are particularly affected by the cyclones with them being common occurences in some parts of the United States. While the majority of them may be small, they can have lasting effects and being deadly in some cases.
One of the most famous hurricanes in recent years was Katrina where the effects are still to be seen. While that was a one-off event, most people were evacuated safely and took proper precautionary measures.
Whilst in America, one of the most important things to do is regularly check the US National Hurricane Centre. In the rare event a hurricane will take place whilst you’re on holiday within America, it will have advice and evacuation orders.
The advancement of weather surveillance means that authorities can be informed of upcoming events well in advance. This is important when needing to evacuate large areas or ensure the security of residents.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) website contains information about how to prepare for extreme weather conditions and what to do if you are told to evacuate.
For more information prior to travelling to America, always be sure to check the Foreign Office for advice.
Whilst I’m trying not to scare you from travelling to America from June to November, it is good to know that there are authorities in place to ensure that you will have a safe and enjoyable trip to the USA.