Nearly a month into hurricane season, you have absolutely no reason to be unprepared. (It runs every year from June 1 through Nov. 30, without fail, so there's no surprises).
Even if you don’t buy batteries, candles, canned food and snacks far in advance, you can do it when TV starts its annual freakout after a named storm is announced. Which was Thursday for the Pacific.
We’re not diminishing the severity of deadly hurricanes and their aftermath, because we remember ... well, last year, and the year before, and the one before that, etc. and so forth.
But just consider this your nudge to prepare now, so you’re not caught at Home Depot and the grocery store the day before a storm. You know you’ll want snacks for when the storms threaten but suddenly veer off and hit the Outer Banks instead.
Atlantic Hurricane Forecast for 2019
Historic damage from S.C. storms
From 1980 to 2018, tropical weather resulted in nearly $22 billion in property losses across the United States. The next-largest category was drought, which caused less than $10 billion over the same period. Devastating storms go back through recorded history, but a lot of those storms weren’t known to be hurricanes because weather radar didn’t exist, and they just seemed to happen. Here are the costliest storms to hit South Carolina since 1980.