This news comes as a welcome relief after a busy 2023 Atlantic hurricane season that saw six hurricanes, two of which were major (Category 3 or higher). Texas was lucky to escape unscathed last year, but memories of devastating storms like Harvey in 2017 and Laura in 2020 remain fresh in many minds.

But it is never too early to be prepared. The official hurricane season for the Atlantic basin runs from June 1 to November 30, so it's always wise to plan well before the storms hit. Here are some important tips for hurricane preparedness:

Stay informed: Follow weather forecasts and advisories from the NHC and local authorities.
Develop an evacuation plan: Know your evacuation zone and have a designated shelter or place to stay if needed.
Create an emergency kit: This kit should contain food, water, first aid supplies, medicines, important documents and other essentials.
Secure your property: Prune trees and shrubs, bring in outdoor furniture, and reinforce windows and doors.
While the current outlook points to a calm 2024 hurricane season for Texas, remember that weather conditions can change quickly. By staying informed and prepared, Texans can be ready to face whatever Mother Nature throws their way.

Here are some additional resources for hurricane preparedness:

National Hurricane Center:
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA):
Texas Division of Emergency Management:
It is important to remember that long-term hurricane forecasts can be uncertain and it is always best to be prepared for any eventuality. Even if a major hurricane is not expected right now, there is always the possibility of smaller storms or tropical depressions that could bring heavy rain and flooding.

So, while Texans may be free of hurricane worries for now, it's important to remember the importance of being prepared. By taking steps now, you can help ensure your safety and the safety of your loved ones in the event of a future storm.