Hurricane Season 2024

The hurricane season saw 20 named storms, including one subtropical storm in January. Seven hurricanes, three intense, formed due to a weaker and eastward-shifted Azores-Bermuda high pressure center.

In 2023, the Atlantic hurricane season saw minimal impact from El Niño, despite its presence. This year, all models indicate a rapid transition from El Niño to La Niña, a phenomenon known to typically enhance hurricane activity in the Atlantic Basin. The 2024 forecast anticipates heightened hurricane activity in the Atlantic Basin due to the expected onset of La Niña.

Water temperatures spanning the Tropical Atlantic, from the Caribbean Sea to Africa, currently exceed typical levels for this time of year. In fact, they’re approaching the temperatures typically observed in June or July. Warmer waters tend to fuel stronger hurricanes, amplifying their potential intensity. Moreover, the elevated temperatures might facilitate early-season development east of the Caribbean, if wind shear remains sufficiently low to support such development.

Hurricane Plan

A detailed hurricane plan should be in place in preparation of any name’s storms forecasted to reach the geographical area nearby the vessel or its intended itinerary. Such plan shall be shared with Insurers for their records and with a detailed Risk Assessment in case of Named Storm developing.

Details of a hurricane plan include:

  • Weather forecast shall be obtained every 6 hours soon after the NOAA has detected a disturbance in the Atlantic or as frequent as possible according to the updates issued by the National Hurricane Center.
  • Monitor forming tropical storm and disturbances in the Atlantic also with the help of difference sources and agencies.
  • Fuel and Fresh Water tanks shall be maintained full, with minimal free surfaces.
  • Main Engines and Gen Set shall be maintained on stand-by and ready to run with a very short notice.
  • Make sure that fuel filters are clean, battery charged, bilges are clean, all pumps in good working order.
  • Scuppers drains shall be kept always clear.
  • Crew must be aware of short notice heavy weather sailing possibility.
  • Evaluate the possibility to reach nearest safe Harbor/Anchorage in appropriate time.
  • Evaluate to set sail, alter course south of the hurricane forecasted path, to reach nearest safe Harbor/Anchorage in appropriate time.
  • Consider haul out in a shipyard nearby if the space is available with hurricane plans in place from the yard side.
  • Perform all tasks as for preparation in heavy weather.

The above measures are to be addressed in cooperation with the Yacht Manager and the Insurers shall be kept up to date with Risk Assessments provided, plan in place, and developments.


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