Hurricane experts predict that 2017 will be a busy hurricane season, similar to 2016. The hurricane season of 2016 was the most active season since 2012 and resulted in 15 named storms.
Hurricane season officially kicked off on June 1, 2017. While most Americans are thinking about beach vacations in Gulf and the Southeast Atlantic areas over the summer, officials at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) informed first responders and the general public about the potential for a highly active hurricane season.
Leading NOAA Forecaster Says to Expect ‘Above-Normal Atlantic Hurricane Season’
The NOAA Prediction Center in College Park, Maryland issued the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook, hosted by NOAA Lead Seasonal Hurricane Forecaster Dr. Gerry Bell. From now until November 30, when the hurricane season ends, officials are expecting a busier than normal activity in the Atlantic.
“For 2017, my team and I are predicting that an above-normal Atlantic hurricane season is most likely,” Dr. Bell stated. “The Atlantic hurricane season will likely produce a range of 11 to 17 tropical storms of which five to nine are expected to become hurricanes — two to four of those are expected to become major hurricanes of category 3 or higher.”
In the video, Dr. Bell reminds viewers, “Last year, we saw five land-falling storms, two of which were hurricanes. One of those storms was Hurricane Matthew, which caused 10 billion dollars in U.S. economic losses due to wind and water damage.”
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