- Although it seems like we got off to an early start with Subtropical Storm Alberto, hurricane season officially starts on Friday, June 1st.
USA forecasters predict that we could see 10 to 16 named storms.
The head of the Disaster Office further notes that with the formation of the sub-tropical storm Alberto before the hurricane season and the damage it has caused in the U.S. it may become necessary to have year-round hurricane preparation.
One to four of those could become "major" hurricanes, which means Category 3 strength or higher. And as so many areas are still recovering from Harvey, Irma and Maria, get ready for above average hurricane season for 2018.
Four of those are predicted to be major.
The hurricane season is here and runs until November 30, normally peaking in August and September.
Welcome to the official start of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season.
17 named storms formed in the Atlantic Hurricane basin in 2017.
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Florida residents should hope for El Nino conditions towards the end of summer, seeing as that is the most active time for hurricane development.
Sub-Tropical Storm Alberto hit the Gulf Coast over the Memorial Day weekend, which has some folks anxious that we could be in store for a busy year if its only May and we're already getting named storms.
In case residents need more reason to pay attention to weather forecasts, Pfaff notes that the area historically averages one major storm every 21 years - and is now 22 years removed from Fran, its last such storm.
According to the report, the Atlantic Coast has more than 3.9 million homes at risk of hurricane storm surge, with an RCV of more than $1 trillion. It covers the Atlantic basin, which includes the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico.
This year, another familiar name will not be part of the group: Sandy.
Most officials say hurricane forecasts are similar to a sports writer predicting which Major League Baseball teams will win their divisions. The list is an indication that storms are likely to climb the Atlantic into the Northeast.
Other high-pressure systems can also help steer tropical systems, as can storm fronts crossing from north to south across the United States. NWS data indicates that intensity predictions, which are based on wind speed, have consistently hovered around 10 knots at the one-day before landfall mark, with a slight decline at the two-day mark since 1990.
"We have drawn no lesson if again, we must wait 50 days that the u.s. army engineers arrive to Puerto Rico", he said this week detailing the preparations.