Will hurricane season be a blockbuster? 6 expected to form in Atlantic

04 June, 2018, 13:44 | Author: Clarence Schmidt
  • A hurricane-driven storm surge could destroy over 460,000

NOAA forecasters also see a 70 percent likelihood of 10 to 16 named storms (winds 39 miles per hour or higher), in which five to nine could become hurricanes (74 miles per hour winds or higher), with one to four major hurricanes evolving (category 3 or higher, 111 mph-plus winds).

As meteorologists observe more storms and collect data from them, they are able to better the forces that strengthen hurricanes and tweak forecast models to account for those factors. For the upcoming season, though, CSU is forecasting it to be in a neutral state.

"Preparing ahead of a disaster is the responsibility of all levels of government, the private sector and the public", said acting Federal Emergency Management Agency Deputy Administrator Daniel Kaniewski.

Virginia residents can take steps now to help prepare themselves, their families and their homes for any hurricanes that may make landfall over the commonwealth.

Last fall, 14 residents died when Hollywood, Fla. -based Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills lost power and air conditioning in the wake of Hurricane Irma.

Twenty-three localities participate in the program.

CSU anticipates a near-average probability for major hurricanes making landfall along the United States coastline and in the Caribbean. "I tell them to see if they can find a slot before you decide to come and after that, they don't ever remember", she told. Two thirds of those surveyed-66 percent-say they have a plan already prepared in case a hurricane strikes.

Craig Fugate, who was the state's top emergency official under Gov. Jeb Bush and later headed FEMA under President Barack Obama, said one way to ease congestion during evacuations is pointing people to shelters closer to their homes.


The delays mean that as Florida enters another hurricane season, numerous state's long-term care facilities either don't have equipment installed and operational or haven't undergone a state inspection.

Make sure you have enough non-perishable food and water for three days for each person and pet along with a week's supply of medicines.

That includes putting together emergency supply kits.

"If the power is out, ATMs aren't going to work and you are going to need cash", said Kelly. Employers are also advised to ensure that workplaces secure their equipment and records. Patio furniture and garbage cans should be brought inside so they aren't blown away. That trend is also expected to get worse as the planet warms. Hurricane season does not end until after Thanksgiving.

With major storms hitting the Sunshine State the last two years, a new report shows that more Floridians are prepared for the 2018 hurricane season which starts on Friday.

Hurricane Maria, which moved through the southern Caribbean and made a direct hit on Puerto Rico, "was comparable to Irma in its maximum wind damage, but also similar to Harvey in the feet of rain it dumped across Puerto Rico", according to NOAA. Of those hurricanes, NOAA predicted that one to four of them could be Category 3 strength or higher.

He said that they should look at their preparation and evacuation routes from a year ago and revise them so that if a major hurricane makes landfall this season, it will be easier to make it to safety.

"The ability of NOAA scientists to both predict the path of storms and warn Americans who may find themselves in harm's way is unprecedented", said Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross.

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