In early Spring, meteorologists and forecasters predicted that this would be a more active than normal storm season. So far, we have not seen the impacts in the coastal United States, but we are far from in the clear. Hurricane Gert was picking up steam as of last week but it seems like Atlantic winds will keep it about 200 miles off of our shores. There is another tropical storm surge just forming now off of the coast of Africa that we will call Harvey if it picks up enough steam to become a hurricane.
Pay Attention to History
- The 1992 Hurricane Season can not be forgotten. There were only SIX named storms that year which is below average, but one of them was a Category 5 storm named Andrew. It completely devastated the Southeastern United States and the entire east coast felt effects. This week actually marks the 15 year anniversary of Andrew coming ashore.
- In 1983, there were only FOUR named storms. One of them was a Category 3 named Alicia that caused as many deaths in the gulf as Andrew. August 15th marks the 34th anniversary of Alicia.
- In 2010, there were NINETEEN named storms and TWELVE hurricanes in the Atlantic. While this was an extremely active season, not a single storm made landfall in the United States. But this just goes to show us that we need to be prepared at all times and a surprise storm can arise at any moment!
Double Check Your Generator
- Like a car, you must commit to maintaining your generator if you want it to be ready for your time of need.
- You will need enough fuel on hand to fend off the storm. Check your Owner’s Manual to see the ‘run time’ of your generator so you can gauge how much fuel you are going to need.
- As for your oil, you should be checking it routinely, but it is especially important when the generator is in use. Depending on the size of your unit, you’ll need to check the oil levels every 8-24 hours to make sure they are sufficient.
- On our staff at Cannondale Generators, we have factory certified and trained Generac, Kohler and Briggs & Stratton technicians that service and maintain all standby generators for a worry-free experience.
- We’ll keep the lights on no matter what mother nature throws at us!