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2020 Hurricane Season—Ain’t Over ‘Til It’s Over!

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Last year, the first subtropical storm was named Andrea and it formed on May 20, 2019; a year in which 6 of 18 named storms became hurricanes, 3 of which were major. Then came 2020. Ending November 30, it will go down as Rytech’s most challenging season ever and the most active season in recorded history.

Some non-professional hurricane watchers have a tendency to let their guard down in late October–the weather’s turning cooler, leaves are showing signs of changing colors, hurricanes are on their way out.

Truth is, September is the most common month for hurricanes making landfall in the U.S., followed by August and then October. But don’t tell that to folks living in Central America.

Hurricane Iota, the second Category 4 landfall within two weeks of Eta unleashed destructive winds, more inundating rain and storm surge in storm-weary Central American in mid-November. Iota made landfall with maximum sustained winds of 155 mph on November 16 just 15 miles south of where Hurricane Eta made landfall as a Category 4 on November 3.

Iota, became a record-setting 30th named storm of the 2020 hurricane season. NOAA reported it was the third storm in 2020 to intensify by 100 mph in just 36 hours. Prior to 2020 only eight other storms had done so in 169 years of records.

Meanwhile, back in the good old USA more records were being broken, especially in Rytech’s most prominent states, for example:

2020: was tied with 2005 for the most named storms in a season, then came Iota.

2020: had the most U.S. storm landfalls in history dating back to 1850.

2020: was tied with 1886/1985 for most U.S. hurricane landfalls in history.

And, of course, from Texas to Florida, from Florida to New York, Rytech is on call 24/7. It has a substantial presence in each Gulf Coast state and, while any remediation firm would be severely tested by so many storms, Rytech’s 25 years’ of operation, from coast to coast, help it manage even seasons like 2020.

Louisiana certainly wasn’t left out of Rytech’s mix as seven storm cones led to five landfalling along the coast of a single state, in one season. It was a first. Even larger coastal states like Florida, where Rytech navigated the 8 storms during the 2004/2005 storm seasons, have never seen five storm landfalls in one season.

Out of the five storm landfalls, three were hurricanes, Laura and Zeta being the most memorable. Laura was the strongest hurricane to strike Louisiana since the Last Island hurricane in 1856 which hit at the same intensity. Then Zeta came in as the strongest hurricane to impact Louisiana so late in the season.

Louisiana Records:

2020: Five Louisiana landfalls; first state to ever do so.

2020: Hurricane Laura most intense Louisiana storm. Tied “Last Island” in 1856.

2020: Hurricane Zeta; strongest Louisiana hurricane this late in the season.

The 2020 hyperactive hurricane season exhausted the list of 21 names that are used to identify tropical systems – something that has happened only one other time since the current naming convention was implemented in 1953.

Rytech’s Gulf Coast states took a one-two punch when tropical storm Marco and the monster Hurricane Laura converged on the Texas-Louisiana border the same week in August.

Then came Sally. It was the eighteenth named storm, and seventh hurricane of the 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season, and another major challenge for Rytech coming ashore as a Category 2 near Gulf Shores Alabama, September 16.

Why does Rytech excel during such challenging times? Experience, coast to coast operations that can be brought to bear, and a team effort. “There isn’t one person in our company a storm doesn’t impact.” says Randy Kerlin, Rytech’s Chief Operating Officer (COO). “In true Team Rytech fashion everyone rises to the occasion jumping to assist where needed. Whether it’s mobilized franchises or our Accounting and Sales team assisting with customer call backs, everyone jumps in where they can.”