Official NOAA Hurricane Forecast Released

While hurricane season officially begins on June 1st, Subtropical Storm Alberto made landfall near Laguna Beach, Florida on Memorial Day.

As the first named storm of 2018, there was heavy rainfall and flash floods in Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee and the Carolinas. And this is just the beginning.

After months of research, NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center recently released their prediction for the 2018 hurricane season. The 2017 Atlantic Basin hurricane season was a busy one and scientists say we may be in store for another potentially active season. In fact, NOAA is predicting a 75% chance of a near- to above-normal hurricane season.

As far as the number of named storms, NOAA meteorologists predict:

10 to 16 named storms (winds of 39 mph or higher), of which 5 to 9 could become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher), including 1 to 4 major hurricanes (category 3, 4 or 5; with winds of 111 mph or higher). An average hurricane season produces 12 named storms, of which 6 become hurricanes, including 3 major hurricanes.

Near average sea surface temperatures and the potential of a weak El Niño developing are key factors in this prediction. As atmospheric variables change over the next few months, NOAA will continue to adjust their hurricane season forecast and release their next official forecast in August – just before the historical peak of hurricane season.

Keep in mind the number of storms that make landfall is not a part of this forecast.

It only takes one tropical cyclone to impact millions of people. Hurricane Irma left 16 million people without power and Hurricane Maria left 80 percent of the island of Puerto Rico without power. 

Regardless of the forecast, it is important to be prepared for hurricane season every year. Having a plan for power outages is just one consideration for homeowners. Having a standby generator, such as the Cummins QuietConnect Series, means all the power in your house can be restored automatically – even when you’re not home. 

For more information and preparedness tips, including information on Cummins QuietConnect home generators, visit the Cummins Home Generators website and learn how you can stay ahead of the storm. You can also check out the short video below for some important  tips on how to keep you and your family prepared in the event of severe weather and power outages this hurricane season. 

Cheryl Nelson, Certified Broadcast Meteorologist

Cheryl Nelson

Cheryl Nelson is an Emmy-nominated and AP award-winning Certified Broadcast Meteorologist, TV Host, FEMA-Certified Instructor and Weather and Preparedness Advisor for Cummins. You can visit Cheryl’s website at and follow her on Twitter and Facebook @CherylNelsonTV. 

Hurricane Prep: Stocking Your Pantry Before The Next Storm

Hurricane Food and Grocery Prep
When it comes to preparing for a storm, it's never too early to think about a food prep strategy.

The following tips will help ensure that you have a food prep strategy before the next hurricane or snow storm reaches your house. 

When a tropical storm strengthens into a hurricane, residents within the projected path are glued to their televisions, eagerly awaiting to hear the latest forecast.

As the storm gets closer to making impact, residents in the most vulnerable areas line up at gas stations to fill up before seeking refuge elsewhere. Others choose to stay put – advanced age, disability, or lack of financial resources may make it difficult to leave; others feel a false sense of security or don’t want to deal with the trouble of trying to return following the storm. These people converge upon their local supermarket, emptying the shelves of water, non-perishable food items and other necessities in anticipation of an unwelcome visit from Mother Nature. 

Hurricane Food Prep Tips
Even if you aren't in the direct path of a storm, it never hurts to stock up on an emergency food supply for you and your family

Of course, even if you aren't in the direct path of an immediate hurricane - or even a snow storm - it's never too early to think about your emergency food supply and stock up on water and other non-perishable foods. After all, you never know when that next storm may hit, and many of these items have a long shelf-life and can take you through to the next hurricane or winter storm season.

The following food prep tips are intended to help provide you with a checklist so that you and your family are as well-prepared as possible the next time you find yourself in the path of an incoming hurricane or snow storm. And if you're looking for some additional tips on how to keep your family pet safe during a hurricane or snow storm, check out our tips on protecting your pet before, during and after a storm.  

Water for Drinking and Sanitation 

The rule of thumb is one gallon per person (or pet) per day for three to 14 days. Additional water may be required in hot climates and for nursing mothers, children and those with medical conditions. offers useful tips on water preparation and storage

Non-Perishable Foods

The same three-day supply rule applies. During any weather-based emergency situation, you'll want to select foods that your family will eat, don’t require refrigeration or cooking (unless you have a gas stove or grill at your disposal) and require little to no water. Avoid anything too salty or spicy that may make you thirstier than usual (source: Keep in mind any special dietary requirements – does anyone in your family suffer from diabetes or heart disease? 

According to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, at minimum, your basic shopping list should include the following items: 

  • Ready-to-eat canned meats, fruits, vegetables, soup and a can opener
  • Canned juices and non-perishable pasteurized milk
  • Protein or granola bars
  • Dried fruit such as raisins
  • High energy foods such as canned beans, canned tuna, whole grain cereal, nuts, pumpkin seeds, trail mix (source: Eat This, Not That
  • Comfort / stress foods like chips or cookies
  • Basic spices such as sugar, salt and pepper
  • Multi-vitamins to supplement nutrients you’d normally consume
  • Pet food – the same three-day supply rule applies! (source: FEMA)
  • Ready-made infant formula in the event of water contamination or the mother is unable to nurse

Remember to eat your perishables first – this includes those in your refrigerator and pantry. Then use the food in your freezer, before moving on to your non-perishables (source: American Red Cross). Keep freezers and refrigerators closed. The refrigerator will keep food cold for about four hours. A full freezer will keep the temperature for about 48 hours.

Looking for some no-cook inspiration before finalizing your shopping list? Check out recipes from the Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs’ Emergency Kit Cook-Off!

Power Outages Can Happen Anywhere - Be Prepared

Living in an area free of severe weather doesn’t mean you’re safe from power outages. Animals, car accidents, human error, over demand, even theft and vandalism have left over 12 million Americans without power in the first half of 2018 alone, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Make sure you prepare for your next power outage by checking out these home preparation tips from Cummins

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Cummins Inc.

Cummins is a global power leader that designs, manufactures, sells and services diesel and alternative fuel engines from 2.8 to 95 liters, diesel and alternative-fueled electrical generator sets from 2.5 to 3,500 kW, as well as related components and technology. Cummins serves its customers through its network of 600 company-owned and independent distributor facilities and more than 7,200 dealer locations in over 190 countries and territories.

Cummins QSK95-Powered Generator Sets Debut in Turkey to Support Gold Mine

In the scope of the Çöpler Sulfide Expansion Project, Cummins Turkey supplied 3 x Cummins C3500D5 generator sets inside a customized container together with remote radiator and air-starting system.
In the scope of the Çöpler Sulfide Expansion Project, Cummins Turkey supplied 3 x Cummins C3500D5 generator sets inside a customized container together with remote radiator and air-starting system.

The first Cummins 3.5 MW, QSK95 Series high-horsepower generator sets have been installed in Turkey, and will provide reliable backup power to a gold mine in the country's east-central region.

The Çöpler Gold Mine is located in the Erzincan Province, approximately 1,100 km southeast from Istanbul and 550 km east from Ankara, Turkey’s capital city. Operated by Anagold Mining Corp., a subsidiary of Alacer Gold Corp., Çöpler mine is expanding its processing facility to include a pressure oxidation circuit to produce gold from sulfide ore.

In the scope of the Çöpler Sulfide Expansion Project, Cummins Turkey supplied 3 x Cummins C3500D5 generator sets inside a customized container together with remote radiator and air-starting system. After a successful witness test, the units have been delivered, installed, and commissioned successfully. The robust, high-speed, 16-cylinder Cummins QSK95 engine improves on the efficiencies of 20-cylinder competitors while delivering comparable power output. Rated at up to 3.5 MW (60 Hz) and 3.75 MVA (50 Hz), these generators are ready to accept the load in less than 10 seconds. Thus, the standby power system from Cummins ensures uninterrupted operations in the event of a power loss to the site.

Cummins Turkey has partnered with the customer on previous projects, and a handful of Cummins generator sets in the 50-litre to 60-litre range are being supported by Cummins Turkey. The ability to work with a global manufacturer with a proven track record in the local area; the Cummins team’s availability, reliability, problem-solving skills and steadfast partnership; and Cummins product quality are all cited as key ingredients of the continued partnership.

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Read more about the QSK95 Series Generator Sets here.

The Cummins QSK95 Series generator set is featured in a case history on the Cloudbreak Mine in western Australia, which can be viewed or downloaded here.

Adam Sidders Marketing Communications Leader Power Systems

Adam Sidders

Adam Sidders is the Marketing Communications Leader for the Power Systems Business Unit of Cummins Inc. Prior to joining Cummins in 2012 Adam worked in Financial Services for Europe’s largest independently owned insurer as their Marketing and Communications Manager. [email protected]

When it Comes to Severe Weather, Don't be Caught Unprepared

Disaster Preparation Checklist

The 2017 hurricane season was one of the most active with three category 4 hurricanes making landfall, leaving millions of people without power and causing $265 billion in damage (NOAA). Winter brought little relief from inclement weather: snow pummeled the U.S. from October through April with a record four Nor’easters hitting in March. 

Despite the preparedness hype at the start of each hurricane season, a recent survey by Cummins* found most people (75%) still wished they had been more prepared for the storm. 52% wanted more food and water; 47% desired flashlights, batteries and phone chargers; and 66% wished they had back-up power for their home. 

Survey respondents endured significant inconveniences and financial setbacks as a result of weather-related power outages. More than 50% had to leave their homes, and those that stayed at a hotel -- for up to a week -- spent an average cost of $528. Additionally, 44.8% of homeowners suffered property damage, with an average cost of $3,743. View our infographic to learn more about the emotional and financial toll severe weather can have on people. 

So what can you do to stay ahead of the storm? 

Minimize the impact to you and your family by making a plan for severe weather. Cummins has partnered with meteorologist and FEMA-disaster preparedness expert Cheryl Nelson to help prepare you, your family and your home for severe weather. 

Here are three simple steps to prepare for severe weather:

     1.  Find out if you’re in a flood zone. If so, take immediate steps to get flood insurance, as policies typically take 30 days to go into effect. 

     2.  Prepare a disaster kit for each member of your household, including children and pets. Adults should keep a separate kit in their car and children should have an extra kit for school. At a minimum, your kit should include bottled water, non-perishable food items, a flashlight and medication. Check out our suggestions for additional safety and comfort items for each family member here. 

     3.  Weather is the leading-cause of power-outages in the U.S. (Eaton Blackout Tracker U.S. Annual Report 2017). Have a plan for backup power to ensure vital medical equipment and appliances like sump pumps stay on during a power outage. Unlike a portable generator, a home standby generator like Cummins Quiet Connect Series turns on automatically the moment an outage occurs.

For more tips, watch our video series and download our prep guide to keep handy if disaster strikes. 

*Cummins surveyed 1,000 Americans that suffered through a hurricane and subsequent power outage in 2017

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Cummins Inc.

Cummins is a global power leader that designs, manufactures, sells and services diesel and alternative fuel engines from 2.8 to 95 liters, diesel and alternative-fueled electrical generator sets from 2.5 to 3,500 kW, as well as related components and technology. Cummins serves its customers through its network of 600 company-owned and independent distributor facilities and more than 7,200 dealer locations in over 190 countries and territories.

Data Centre Continuous Rating a Key Advantage

Consultants and engineers can design with confidence thanks to the DCC rating from Cummins – one of the few suppliers offering a DCC rating as standard.
Consultants and engineers can design with confidence thanks to the DCC rating from Cummins – one of the few suppliers offering a DCC rating as standard.

A key advantage of Cummins diesel generator sets for data-centre applications is that they boast a DCC rating from the Uptime Institute, which guarantees total dependability. This is a key criterion in such a niche but premium market segment, where reliable back-up power is critical, according to Robin Kuriakose, Power Generation Sales Leader for Southern Africa.

The Data Centre Continuous (DCC) rating means that the Cummins diesel generator sets are rated for unlimited hours of operation, with no restrictions on average variable or constant load factor. This spans Cummins’ range of high-horsepower diesel generator sets, from 400 kVA to 3 300 kVA, including Cummins’s ability to offer technical solutions regarding Tier I to Tier IV applications whilst maintaining our two-year standard warranty offering.

Consultants and engineers can design with the confidence that Cummins’ diesel generator sets can be applied up to the specified rating without restrictions on varying or non-varying loads or hours of operation. These ratings greatly simplify the engineering design process, and also make it easier for customers to achieve site certification from the Uptime Institute.

By combining DCC ratings with the time-tested ability of Cummins diesel generator sets to achieve 100% load acceptance in a single step, together with best-in-class PowerCommand® digital controls, data centre customers are assured that their power generation systems are at the cutting edge of technological development.

“This is a particular value-add for our clients, as we are one of very few local suppliers offering a DCC rating as standard,” Kuriakose notes. From large financial institutions to telecoms companies and even parastatals, it is critical that data centres have reliable back-up power in the event of any unforeseen outage.

“Back-up power can be supplemented by UPS, but this solution has a finite battery back-up capacity before it runs out. Only diesel generator sets are capable of supplying power on-demand, for whatever period required,” Kuriakose stresses. The implications of downtime for any data centre are not only potential loss of data, but reduced data traffic, and therefore less revenue generated.

Commenting on battery back-up as a potential solution, Kuriakose points out that this technology still has a long way to go before it matures. “The fact of the matter is that, if power supply to a data centre is interrupted for an entire day, for example, only a diesel generator set is sufficient for such an extended period. Cummins is a premium engine manufacturer, which means that its diesel generator sets are of the highest quality.”

Cummins’ complete power system solutions for data-centre applications comprise high-horsepower generator sets, automatic transfer switches, digital control technology, and remote monitoring and control in the form of PowerCommand, which allows operators to view power system performance from a web browser, for example.

“These innovations represent the cutting edge in data-centre back-up power supply. The combination of reliable equipment and seamless components, together with the DCC rating, make our diesel generator sets the most trusted in the world for such critical applications,” Kuriakose elaborates.

Cummins was a proud exhibitor at Infracom at the Kyalami Theatre on the Track in June, billed as the biggest data-centre networking event in Africa. “We are seeing a lot of development in this space in the local market, particularly as we have a product range designed specifically for it. There is a definite push for more data centres, due to the growing need for effective data storage. This is why our ongoing commitment to this market is reflected through our participation at key events such as Infracom,” Kuriakose stresses.

From design to operation, Cummins is there throughout every phase of a data centre project through dedicated project management staff and expert delivery of integrated turnkey programs. This upfront involvement allows Cummins to offer the latest technology and the best aftermarket support and back-up. “A key differentiator for us is our total power solutions approach, which means our involvement can extend from the design to the actual installation and commissioning,” Kuriakose concludes.

Anisha George

As a Marketing Communications Specialist, Anisha is part of the Africa Middle East ABO supporting marketing, communications and event management for power generation marketing.

Anisha joined Cummins Middle East in 2009 to support the Administration team in a temporary role. She gained more industry experience working in the event management field before joining back in 2011. Her previous role in Cummins Middle East include Marketing Assistant where she supported special events and marketing activities.

Anisha has a Bachelor’s degree specializing in Commerce & Marketing, followed by a diploma in Event Management & Innovative Marketing.

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