NOAA Predicts An Active Hurricane Season

Hurricane season
Another active hurricane season is being predicted for 2024.

For residents along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts, the start of hurricane season is officially only days away. The official start of hurricane season is on June 1st and runs through November 30th. Each year, the National Ocean and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) releases their predictions for hurricane season. We discuss these predictions in more detail below.

Hurricane season breakdown

NOAA’s forecast predicts an “above-normal” season, with the highest pre-season prediction they’ve ever issued in May. Here’s a breakdown of the numbers:

  • 17-25 named storms: This is significantly higher than the average of 14 named storms.
  • 8-13 hurricanes: The average hurricane count sits at 7.
  • 4-7 major hurricanes: Major hurricanes are classified as Category 3 or higher, packing winds exceeding 111 mph. The average number is 3.

Why such an active hurricane season?

NOAA attributes the high forecast to several factors, including:

  • La Nina: This weather pattern is expected to develop later this year, bringing warmer sea surface temperatures – prime fuel for hurricanes.
  • Reduced wind shear: Weaker winds allow storm systems to organize and strengthen more easily.

What can you do to prepare for hurricane season?

Develop a hurricane plan: This should include evacuation routes, communication plans, and a designated hurricane shelter.

Assemble an emergency kit: Stock up on non-perishable food, water, first-aid supplies, medications, and other essentials.

Stay informed: Monitor NOAA advisories and local news reports for the latest updates.

Consider flood insurance: Even if you’re not directly on the coast, flooding is a major threat during hurricanes.

For more helpful tips on hurricane preparation, click here.

Summary

Don’t wait until the last minute! Take proactive steps now to ensure you and your family are prepared for whatever this hurricane season throws our way. Remember, it only takes one storm to cause significant damage. By being prepared, we can minimize the impact and keep our communities safe.

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By natasha moore

REALTOR® with Live South Florida Realty, Inc.