Hurricane season forecast: a whopper
COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Get ready for another busy, maybe unusually wild hurricane season federal forecasters said on Thursday.
Their prediction calls for 13 to 20 named Atlantic storms, 7 to 11 that strengthen into hurricanes and 3 to 6 that become major hurricanes.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said there is a 70 percent chance that this year will be more active than an average hurricane season. The season starts June 1 and lasts through November.
If you live in hurricane-prone areas along the Atlantic Ocean or Gulf of Mexico, “This is your warning,” acting NOAA Administrator Kathryn Sullivan said.
A normal year has 12 named storms, 6 hurricanes and 3 major storms with winds over 110 mph.
Last year was the third-busiest on record with 19 named storms. Ten became hurricanes, and two were major storms, including Sandy, even though it lost hurricane status when it made landfall.
This year's names: Andrea, Barry, Chantal, Dorian, Erin, Fernand, Gabrielle, Humberto, Ingrid, Jerry, Karen, Lorenzo, Melissa, Nestor, Olga, Pablo, Rebekah, Sebastien, Tanya, Van and Wendy.
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