Coastal States Brace for Near- or Above-Normal Hurricane Season
The official start of the 2018 hurricane season begins today, even though we already got a sneak peak of what’s to come with Subtropical Storm Alberto that made landfall Monday in Florida. For those in hurricane-prone areas, a watchful eye will be on the storms that start forming off the coast of Africa, their predicted paths and the possible destruction that lay in their wake.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) forecasters are predicting a 75 percent chance that this season will be near- or above-normal. For reference, last year there were 17 named storms and three major hurricanes. An average hurricane season produces 12 named storms with six becoming hurricanes and three of those becoming major hurricanes.
With the devastation from last year’s three biggest hurricanes, Harvey, Ima and Maria, still beleaguering communities, the coastal states surely are counting down the days until Nov. 30 when the hurricane season will finally be over.
– By: Jennifer Lay – Vice President | JLay@xenophonstrategies.com