Can you believe it’s already almost that time of year? We’re less than 100 days away from the kick off of hurricane season. The National Hurricane Center has revealed the 2023 hurricane name list. Of all the names they could have chosen, they included the name Lee. As if Lee County wasn’t punished enough last year with Hurricane Ian. With the names of this year’s potential storms being released, it may be time to start thinking about getting a head start on prepping your home.
The National Hurricane Center is making a change to reporting of the storms for the 2023 season. Instead of the usual 5 day, they’re switching to a 7-day tropical weather outlook. More info and a longer timeline is always better. The yellow, orange, and red color coding for development will not change and we’ll still get regular updates at 2 p.m., 8 p.m., 2 a.m. and 8 a.m. EDT.
As far as the names go, they use a list that repeats every 6 years minus the really bad ones. The 2017 season was ugly. In fact, they’ve retired three names from that season. Harvey, Irma and Maria. We all remember how Irma impacted Southwest Florida as a Category 3 storm with winds of 115 MPH.