The official hurricane season in Georgia extends from June 1st to November 30th, coinciding with the Atlantic hurricane season, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Georgia experiences less frequent hurricanes compared to other coastal states. The National Hurricane Center records indicate that Georgia has been directly hit by a major hurricane only once in the past century, with most events classified as a tropical depression or weaker.
However, according to the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency, the Peach State is still susceptible to significant impacts from tropical storm remnants and systems that make landfall along the Gulf Coast or Southeast Coast.
Our team has produced an image that illustrates the likelihood of Georgia experiencing a tropical cyclone on any given day of the year based on data tracing back to 1851.
The graph contrasts the actual storm landfalls in Georgia with the broader storm patterns observed throughout the Atlantic basin. The visualization uses raw data from the NOAA Hurricane Research Division.
In Georgia, hurricanes primarily affect the coastal regions, particularly the Southeastern part. These areas, which include cities such as Savannah and Brunswick, often bear the brunt of hurricane-force winds, floods, and storm surges.
Inland, the impact of hurricanes tends to diminish, but areas in the Southern part of Georgia can still experience significant effects, particularly from heavy rainfall leading to flood conditions. Cities like Albany and Valdosta, despite being inland, have experienced substantial damage from hurricanes in the past. Some of the worst damage in the past decades has come from inland flooding along rivers after hurricanes move ashore.
The following representation, [[HURRICANE_RISK_GRAPH]], illustrates the hurricane risk heat map for Georgia. The frequency of occurrence weighted by wind speed is displayed as a graduated color map from blue to red. In this graph, blue indicates areas with the lowest risk, while red denotes the highest.
As the graph shows, the Southeastern coastal region of Georgia exhibits a stronger red coloration, indicating a higher risk of hurricanes. This is due to the proximity to the Atlantic Ocean, which is a breeding ground for these storms. The intensity of the color gradually fades to blue as we move further inland, demonstrating the decreasing risk of hurricane-force winds.
While the graph is a valuable tool for visualizing risk, it's essential to remember that hurricanes are unpredictable and can cause damage in areas not typically prone to such events. Therefore, preparedness is crucial, regardless of where in Georgia one resides.
Preparation for a hurricane season is paramount, particularly for states like Georgia that are susceptible to such natural disasters. Proper readiness significantly reduces the risk of property damage and helps ensure the safety and well-being of residents. Before a Hurricane
Implementing a hurricane preparedness plan is crucial to ensure safety during a storm. Here is a brief hurricane preparation checklist to consider:
This list is not exhaustive, but it serves as a starting point for preparing for a hurricane. Always remember that your safety and the safety of your loved ones should be the priority.
Here is a list of actions to ensure safety during a hurricane:
When a hurricane has passed, the recovery process can be overwhelming. Here is a list of steps to guide you through what to do after a hurricane: