Hurricane Season is Here!

When is hurricane season? The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30 with the peak period from early August through the end of October. Hurricanes coming from the Atlantic can, and have impacted the entire east coast.

What's typical? Based on historical weather records dating back to 1950, a typical year will bring 12 tropical storms with sustained winds of 39 mph, of which six turn into hurricanes with winds reaching 74 mph or greater, and three major hurricanes category 3 or higher with sustained winds of at least 111 mph.

Plan ahead! To plan for this year's hurricane season, homeowners should consider purchasing a generator, a standby, or portable to protect their homes in the event of extended power outages like those caused by Super Storm Sandy.

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Portable Generators

Price point sensitive consumers may decide a portable may be the way to go. However, they should consider having a certified Kohler dealer ensure ease of use and safety by installing a manual switch. When your power goes out simply plug in your portable to the switch and start your generator. No messy extension cords.

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Standby Generator

A standby generator is like having your own personal power plant in your backyard. When the power shuts off from the utility, a standby generator automatically turns on, and can power all the major systems and appliances in your home.

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Be Prepared

How can I stay on top of hurricane warnings? If you're traveling to a hurricane-prone destination, download the Hurricane app from the American Red Cross for storm updates and a slew of helpful features. Down load via Apple Store, Google play or text “GETCANE” 90999.

Purchasing Prior to purchasing an automatic standby or portable generator, consumers should fully investigate their options and consult with a local power professional. Key features to consider include: a commercial-grade engine that provides clean, consistent power and can handle heavy loads; a non-corrosive enclosure (especially in areas with salt water); and a minimum five-year warranty.

The time to consider your backup power options is not during a raging storm. Research your options and install the proper generator that meets your needs. Do your homework now so you’re ready for the next big storm.”