Along Those Lines: All Eyes on the 2024 Hurricane Season

Hurricane Laura, which made landfall near Cameron, Louisiana, on Aug. 27, 2020, caused widespread damage in the service territory of Jeff Davis Electric Cooperative. The co-op also faced extensive repairs after Hurricane Delta that same year as well as Hurricane Ike in 2008 and Hurricane Rita in 2005. (Photo Courtesy: Association of Louisiana Electric Cooperatives)

The 2024 hurricane season could be especially challenging for electric cooperatives and their members. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is predicting above-normal hurricane activity in the Atlantic basin this year, including up to 25 named storms—a record high for its May forecast.

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In the latest episode of Along Those Lines, we’ll delve deeper into that forecast with Matt Rosencrans, lead hurricane outlook forecaster with NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, which is part of the National Weather Service. We’ll also talk to Mike Heinen, general manager of Jeff Davis Electric Cooperative in Jennings, Louisiana, about his co-op’s efforts to strengthen its system against hurricane damage.

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