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When is the 2021 hurricane season in Texas?

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The Texas hurricane season is most active mid-summer through late fall. August is the most likely month for landfall hurricanes in the Lone Star State.

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Published September 9, 2021|2 min read

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The Atlantic hurricane season is June 1 to November 30 every year, with peak tropical storm activity occurring from August through mid-September. During hurricane season, Texas is among the handful of states most impacted by tropical storms. In fact, of the 301 hurricanes that have made landfall in the U.S. since 1851, 64 have hit the Lone Star State — only the state of Florida has experienced more hurricanes. 

About once every six years, Texas residents can expect a landfall hurricane along any fifty mile segment of coast. [1] Considering that more than 300 miles of Texas are on the Gulf Coast, coastal residents should make sure they’re well prepared for hurricane season.

What month does Texas have the most hurricanes?

While hurricanes can happen at any point between early summer and late fall, August is the most likely time for a hurricane to strike Texas. [2]

Going into the 2021 hurricane season, the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicted “above average” activity, meaning a greater frequency of storms than the century average. The NOAA’s original forecast for the season was around 13 to 20 named storms — 6 to 10 of which could become hurricanes (wind speeds of 74 mph or greater). [3] As of early September 2021, there have been 12 named storms, including four hurricanes.

Where do hurricanes hit the most in Texas?

From border cities like Brownsville to northern hubs like Port Arthur, any area along the Texas coast is vulnerable to hurricanes. But the cities of Galveston and Houston have experienced by far the most severe hurricane damage of any Texas city over the last century. 

In fact, The Great Galveston Hurricane of 1900 remains the deadliest natural disaster in U.S. history. Between 6,000 to 12,000 people are estimated to have died, according to the NOAA. [4] Galveston was hit by another devastating hurricane just 15 years later, this one killing close to 300 people. [5] Hurricane Harvey in 2017 — the latest storm to make landfall in Galveston — is one of the most expensive natural disasters in U.S. history, causing billions in damage to the Galveston and Greater Houston area. [6]

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How to prepare for hurricane season in Texas

If you’re a resident of coastal Texas, be sure to prepare yourself and your family for an impending hurricane. Hurricanes often mean severe winds and flooding, so you’ll want to make sure your house is prepared and you have the right insurance coverage in place to pay for extensive property damage. 

Before the storm 

  • Put together an emergency supply kit

  • Have a communication plan with your family

  • Sign up for community or country emergency storm alerts

  • Know your home’s flood risk 

  • Purchase flood insurance. Homeowners insurance doesn’t cover flooding, so you’ll need flood insurance to cover hurricane-related flooding

  • Plan an evacuation route

  • Store important documents in a waterproof container; create digital copies

During the storm

  • Follow weather alerts

  • Stay clear of areas impacted by hurricane winds or flooding

  • Dial 2-1-1 for shelter, food, and disaster services

  • Find an open shelter through the Red Cross

  • Visit Drive Texas to check the status of road conditions during a flood

After the storm

  • Be sure to listen to local officials for information about when it’s safe to return and special instructions

  • If you’re attempting to clean up your residence, wear protective clothing, including gloves and face coverings while you clean up mold or other debris.

  • If there is wind or water damage to your home, contact your home or flood insurance provider to file a claim.

  • Document any property damage with video or photographs

For more information about hurricane season in Texas and how to plan for the next disaster, check out Texas Ready.