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August is the second, meaner start the annual hurricane season.
But some 93% of the storms, on average, await 2012 in the coming months, with the season peaking around September 10 and ramping up the first few days in August as the wind shear coming across the Atlantic drops allowing for more tropical cyclone formation.
August and September also span the most risk for storms to strike at the Lowcountry from north of Cuba, with the October pattern being more conductive to Gulf of Mexico storms that, when they do threaten the Lowcountry, often first cut across Florida.
So, if you haven't yet, trim those trees and do any household repairs — there's no good reason to put them off and you'll likely be able to haggle a much better price now than before a storm is forecast.
August, September, October: peak hurricane months