Scientists Predict This Year’s Hurricane Season Won’t Be as Bad as Last Year’s (Video)
Hurricane season — which officially begins this Friday, June 1 — is almost here.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has predicted an average to above-average intensity hurricane season for 2018.
This year, the NOAA predicts 10 to 16 named storms with winds of 39 miles per hour or higher in the Atlantic. Of those storms, five to nine could become hurricanes. One to four could strengthen into major hurricanes (Category 3, 4, or 5) with winds over 110 miles per hour.
An average hurricane season contains about 12 named storms, six of which become hurricanes.
On the Pacific side, the organization has predicted three to six tropical cyclones.
The first storm on the list, Alberto, brought flooding rain Florida's panhandle over the Memorial Day weekend, Accuweather reported, ahead of the official start of hurricane season.
Hurricane season runs from June 1 through November 30. The season generally peaks in late August, which is when the NOAA will release an updated forecast.
Last year was an above-average hurricane season and the seventh-most active on record. The NOAA recorded 17 tropical storms, 10 hurricanes and six major hurricanes, slightly exceeding pre-season forecasts of 14 to 19 tropical storms, five to nine hurricanes and two to five major hurricanes.
Major hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria are estimated to have caused more than $280 billion in damage last year.