While the U.S. continues to battle the coronavirus outbreak, the start of hurricane season is nearly upon us, set to officially begin June 1. AccuWeather’s forecast for 2020 includes 14 to 18 named storms, seven to nine hurricanes and two to four major storms of Category 3 or higher.
Severe storms like hurricanes and tornadoes will prove to be a challenge on several fronts, including a threat to an outdated electrical grid on the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts, possibly causing power outages and creating additional problems during this time of social distancing.
In California, drought conditions have proven to be a catalyst for power outages as utility companies look to turn off their distribution systems to mitigate the risks of wildfires.
Along with power outages, major storms could severely strain the ability of emergency officials to evacuate coastal areas, deliver food supplies and provide medical equipment. Evacuations in large groups can also be a problem now that most states have stay-at-home orders during this pandemic, along with pleas to practice social distancing.
Experts say one solution to the dilemma of storms during this crisis would be for individuals to help each other; neighbor helping neighbor, nonprofits, state and local governments all coming together when severe weather hits at same time as we are dealing with coronavirus.