Weather experts are predicting an extremely active hurricane season, which begins June 1 and runs through November. As many as 16 named storms, eight hurricanes and four major hurricanes could make their way across the Atlantic Ocean in 2020, according to a forecast released in April by the Colorado State University Tropical Meteorology Project.

Along with hurricanes come power outages, which result in many inconveniences for homeowners and business owners alike.

Joe Ciceri, owner of Electrical Works in Leesburg, says purchasing generators before hurricane season cannot be overstressed.

“It’s important for people to understand that having a generator installed doesn’t happen overnight,” Joe says. “You have to deal with permits, ordering materials and the installation process itself. It typically takes anywhere from three weeks to six weeks to be completely installed, so you need to plan well in advance.”

Joe Ciceri, Owner

Therefore, waiting until a hurricane knocks out power is too late.

“By then, there is less availability of generators, and companies that sell generators are much busier,” he says. “If getting a generator is something you know you’re going to do, then don’t procrastinate.”

Joe does his part in helping clients prepare for tropical storms and hurricanes. Electrical Works installs both residential and commercial generators. Generators enable businesses, from small companies to large corporations, to remain operational without enduring significant financial loss. In addition to businesses, Electrical Works also installs generators to help maintain water supply for communities and provide standby power for wastewater treatment plants.

Joe finds more homeowners are purchasing generators for both comfort and practicability. Without power, families are stuck inside a sizzling hot home and may go days without bathing or showering. Having a generator, however, means lights are on in the home, reducing the chances of someone falling or slipping in the dark. It also means keeping food from spoiling in the refrigerator and having a working radio or television to tune in the latest hurricane news coverage. Anyone with a health issue will be able to keep medical and life-support equipment running.

“Our job is to make sure our customers’ lives continue as normal as possible during a power outage,” Joe says. “They can sit in the comfort of their homes with the air conditioner and television going as if nothing ever happened.”

While business owners and homeowners cannot prevent hurricanes, they can ensure that backup electricity is available, making their businesses functional and their homes livable until a power outage if fixed.

Electrical Works is located at 307 E. Main St. in Leesburg. For more information, call 352.460.0810