According to expert meteorologists, the 2018 hurricane season is the most active season ever recorded.1
To determine the strength of a season, scientists use the “Accumulated Cyclone Energy” (ACE) index, which adds together the intensity and duration of all the tropical storms and hurricanes that formed. In 2018, the ACE for the Atlantic and eastern Pacific seasons together is 432 units of energy, shattering the record of 371 set in 1992.1
In the Atlantic, Hurricane Florence and Hurricane Michael were the most destructive storms to hit.
Hurricane Florence prompted evacuations for the coastal communities of North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia due to dangerous potential storm surges and flooding rain. On September 14, Florence made landfall near Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina as a Category 1 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 90 mph.
On October 10, with winds reaching approximately 155 mph, Hurricane Michael made landfall as a Category 4 hurricane in the Florida panhandle, and is the strongest storm to hit the continental US since Hurricane Andrew in 1992. As it devastated and flattened several small beach communities, it also left more than one million people across four states without power and sadly caused more than thirty deaths.
Since these two storms, Deployed Resources has been on-site to provide disaster response products, services, and life support facilities including temporary housing, administrative space, provisional mobile restrooms (mobile showers, mobile toilets, and mobile sinks), mobile laundry facilities, mobile kitchens, dining facilities, food service, and fresh water delivery. Both sites are still active and continues to assist with relief efforts.
Interested in how we begin taking action? Learn more about the steps Deployed Resources takes leading up to a hurricane here: https://deployedresources.com/blog/response/hurricane-preparation-and-response/