Above-Normal Hurricane Season Approaches
According to the seasonal outlook issued on May 23rd 2013, by the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) – a division of the United States National Weather Service, Dominicans are advised to prepare early, as the Atlantic basin is expected to see an above-normal hurricane season this year.
Across the entire Atlantic Basin for the six-month season, which begins June 1st, NOAA is predicting the following ranges this year: 12 to 18 named storms with winds of 39 mph or higher.
Six to ten could become hurricanes with winds of 74 mph or higher, including: 3 to 6 major hurricanes, Category 3, 4 or 5; winds of 111 mph or higher.
Each of these ranges has 70 percent likelihood, and indicates that activity will exceed the seasonal average of 11 named storms, six hurricanes and two major hurricanes.
“In addition to multiple climate factors, seasonal climate models also indicate an above-normal season is likely and even suggest we could see activity comparable to some of the active seasons since 1995,” stated Dr. Gerry Bell, lead seasonal hurricane forecaster at NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center.
However, NOAA’s seasonal hurricane outlook does not predict where and when any of these storms may hit.
Hurricane impacts are not limited to the coastline; strong winds, intense rainfall and flooding often pose a threat across inland areas.