2017 Hurricane Season Forecast Worsens
Update from NOAA – the 2017 Hurricane season forecast worsens with a 70% chance of 11 – 17 named storms, of which 5 to 9 are expected to become hurricanes, including 2 to 4 major hurricanes. This is an increase from the NOAA’s earlier forecast which called for 12 named storms, of which 6 were expected to become named storms, including 2 major hurricanes.
“The outlook reflects our expectation of a weak or non-existent El Nino, near or above-average sea-surface temperatures across the tropical Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea, and average or weaker-than-average vertical wind shear in that same region,” said Gerry Bell, Ph.D., lead seasonal hurricane forecaster with NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center. NOAA urges coastal residents to make sure they have their hurricane preparedness plans in place and to monitor the latest forecasts.
While a difference of one predicted major hurricane may not seem significant, as Hurricane Sandy proved, one major storm can take a catastrophic toll on life and property. The storm damaged or destroyed at least 650,000 houses and left approximately 8.5 million customers without power during the storm and its wake.