Weather The Storm

BoatUS Hurricane Resource Center

Published: August/September 2014

Don't get caught off guard this season. Familiarize yourself with our online BoatUS Hurricane Resource Center before serious weather threatens.

NOAA photo of hurricane approaching Florida Photo: NOAA Image Enhanced by Douglas Bernon

We've all got our fingers crossed that the expert predictions for a quieter hurricane season come to pass. In the meantime, BoatUS members can stay up to date with the latest hurricane-tracking emails, exclusive hurricane preparation guides, and information to help keep your boat and property safe — before, during, and after a storm. Our online Hurricane Resource Center has all you'll need to know during the Atlantic hurricane season, which runs until November 1. Tap into decades worth of knowledge, procured from the BoatUS Marine Insurance files after multiple hurricanes and named storms, to learn what works and what doesn't, depending on the type of storm.

Lessons Learned. Read articles on how to strap down boats stored ashore; moorings; lines; chafe protection; how to judge the security of your marina; and more.

Get Prepared! Download the "Boater's Guide to Preparing Boats & Marinas for Hurricanes." Learn how to develop a hurricane plan.

Alerts. Sign up for our exclusive hurricane alerts, emailed to those in threatened areas.

Track The Storm. Are there any active storms in the Atlantic? Find the latest forecast, predicted storm tracks, and potential wind speeds on our Storm Tracking page.

What Happens After? If your boat's been damaged or your marina is out of action, learn what your next immediate steps should be.

The Name Game. Did you know the names of storms considered costly or deadly are "retired" for sensitivity reasons? Curious which ones? See what names are being used for storms in 2014.

Top Of The Class. Learn the barometric pressure, wind speed, storm surge, or damage classifications that define a Category 1-5 hurricane.

Archives. See storm tracks and wind fields for every named storm since 1995.

RubberNeck Gallery. See photos of boats mangled in hurricanes from 1983 through Superstorm Sandy.

Superstorm Sandy Webinars. In the wake of Sandy, the BoatUS Catastrophe Team spent two months in the field cleaning up the devastation. Watch our three webinars, which share the takeaways for marinas and boat owners from this high-surge storm.  


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