Brace Yourself for a La Nina Hurricane Season

As we gear up for another hurricane season, meteorologists are already concerned that 2024 might be a wild ride. With the return of La Niña and unusually warm waters across the Atlantic Ocean, conditions point to a "super-charged" hurricane season (opens a new window).

Meteorologists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) have expressed concern that the El Niño pattern is receding, making room for the La Niña weather pattern which is expected to occur during the latter part of the hurricane season. This transition signals a significant uptick in tropical activity, particularly after mid-July. The Gulf Coast, especially Texas, might be at heightened risk to experience tropical systems this year.

La Niña typically leads to more tropical storms and hurricanes in the Atlantic due to reduced wind shear, creating favorable conditions for storm development. To put it into perspective, La Niña was a significant player in both the destructive 2005 hurricane season and the record-breaking 2020 season.

Adding to the concern is the historically warm Atlantic Ocean. As of mid-February, water temperatures were already at mid-summer levels, and this trend is expected to continue. Warm water serves as fuel for hurricanes, potentially leading to rapid intensification.

In light of these forecasts, it's imperative for residents along the Gulf Coast and Atlantic Seaboard to be proactive and prepared. Here are some recommended actions you can take now:


Refresh necessities. Refresh your "bug-out" bags with essentials like non-perishable food, water, power banks, and flashlights.

Check supplies. Ensure you have waterproof lighters, candles, a manual can opener, toilet paper, and other necessities.

Examine first aid kits. Check expiration dates on medications and ensure your first aid kit is well-stocked.

Prepare for pets. Build bug-out bags with food, water, medications, leashes, and other pet essentials.

Secure documents. Keep printed copies of essential documents in waterproof pouches, make digital backups, and store copies in a bank safety deposit box.

Review evacuation plans. Update your family's evacuation plan and identify local shelters.

Designate safe spaces. Choose an interior room as a safe space and create plan to transfer valuable belongings prior to a storm.

Include entertainment. Have games, books, and alternative lighting sources available if you lose power.

Invest in equipment. Consider purchasing LED lanterns, flashlights, a solar-powered radio, and a portable propane grill.

Stay cool. If you live in a humid area, purchasing a rechargeable camping fan can provide relief.

By taking these measures now, you can better prepare yourself and your family for the potential challenges of the upcoming hurricane season. From those of us at Lockton, stay informed and stay safe.

The information provided in this article is for educational purposes only and should not be considered professional advice. Please consult with a Lockton representative for information regarding specific insurance products and services.