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5 Facts Houstonians Need to Know This Hurricane Season

We still have a long way to go.

By Shelby Stewart August 30, 2021


Hurricane season is upon us, here's what you need to know. 

After the powerful storms of Houston's past, and as Ida makes way through the gulf coast, it's important city residents are prepared for this year's hurricane season.

Forecasters predicted that 2021 would be an active season, with a likely range of 15 to 21 named storms. Even though our hometown hero's serve as aid in every possible natural disaster, it's still imperative to also be in the know about severe weather. 

Here's how to prepare for hurricane season this year. 

The 2021 Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30 and spans across the Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico, and Caribbean Sea.  


Last year’s record-breaking season served as a reminder to all residents who are prone to flooding to prepare for the 2021 hurricane season. This season has already seen five tropical storms and four hurricanes. According to the NOAA, 12 more casualties are to make landfall. 

NOAA forecasters believe that the 2021 hurricane season has an increased probability to be above-normal, with predictions going from 60 to 65 percent. 


The new alarming predictions for this year came at the beginning of August. The latest hurricane to make landfall along the gulf coast is Hurricane Ida, which has left most of southeast Louisiana with high floodwaters and no power. 

The National Hurricane Center suggests that all are prepared in case of a hurricane. 


According to the National Ocean Service, when a hurricane watch is issued, it indicates the possibility that a region could experience damaging conditions within 48 hours. NOS instructs those on watch to prepare their homes and review plans for evacuation in case a hurricane or tropical storm warning is issued. During a warning, complete your storm preparations and leave the area as instructed by local officials. 

Make sure to have a hurricane preparedness plan in place. 


Houston has seen many hurricanes before, and Bayou City residents know how to hunker down during a storm. For Houstonians, that means having an emergency plan in place, stocking up on non-perishable items, and charging all electronic devices. 

Know your resources.


In a severe weather emergency, know what resources are available to you in Houston. 

  • State Emergency Assistance Registry, Dial 2-1-1
  • American Red Cross of Greater Houston, Call 713-526-8300
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency, (FEMA) Call 1-(800) 621-3362, or to apply for assistance, visit
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