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WebSitePulse 2014 Hurricane Season Web Performance and Uptime Report

Planning a vacation in Florida or the Caribbean? Before you go to the beach, however, you might want to consider that the hurricane season has just began, and you need to stay alert during the months from August until November.

Experts say that during a typical hurricane season, there are usually 12 tropical storms, 6 of which turn into hurricanes with winds of 74 mph or greater and 3 are hurricane category 3 or higher with winds of at least 111 mph.

In addition, up until now, Florida has a record of 8 years without a landfalling hurricane of category 3 or higher. And most experts are predicting a tamer-than-usual hurricane season for 2014.
The best way to stay informed is in no doubt the regular checking of websites that post real-time weather forecasts and information in case of emergency.

Organizations which provide life-saving instructions during natural disasters are aware that people’s lives could depend on their websites’ flawless performance, and that is why they are going the extra mile to keep their websites’ response time close to zero seconds and the availability - 100%. Still, however, even those websites could experience technical difficulties at times due to the extremely high web traffic.

That is why we decided to monitor 5 of the most used websites for natural disasters and emergency situations. We will report their availability and uptime daily, throughout the whole season as this information may be useful to those having technical issues while using any of the monitored websites, or would like to check the time it’s taking to load a page of any of the websites and thus - how fast s/he could access the content.

The Web Performance reports will include data from the measurements of the most visited hurricane and disaster-related websites. The information will be updated and displayed on a daily basis during the most active time of the season – 1st of August through November 03, 2014.