Hurricane Readiness

Hurricanes happen here!

The Atlantic hurricane season extends from June 1 through Nov. 30 every year. Since 1851, when official records began, through 2018, the National Weather Service's Charleston district, which includes Beaufort County, has experienced landfalls of 41 "tropical cyclones," which includes hurricanes, tropical storms and tropical depressions. See more about the history of tropical cyclones here. Most of these landings occurred in August and September.

Don't shrug the threat of hurricanes off. It's imperatives that residents and businesses in the City of Beaufort prepare for hurricanes every year.

South Carolina hurricane resources

The State of South Carolina now has a website devoted to hurricane preparedness with information specific to the state. Find it here.

Hurricane season 2023

NOAA forecasters with the Climate Prediction Center, a division of the National Weather Service, predict near-normal hurricane activity in the Atlantic in 2023. 

NOAA is forecasting a range of 12 to 17 total named storms (winds of 39 mph or higher). Of those, 5 to 9 could become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher), including 1 to 4 major hurricanes (category 3, 4 or 5; with winds of 111 mph or higher). 

Read more here

NOAA 2023 Hurricane Forecast graphic