Published: Mon, June 04, 2018
Global Media | By Jackie Banks

Hurricane season is here

Hurricane season is here

This is said to be near or above average than past years, but "slightly more activity" originally forecasted by The Weather Company, which in May called for 12 named storms and five hurricanes this season, but is still in par with Colorado State University's outlook from earlier this month according to's Senior Meteorologists Jonathan Belles and Brian Donegan. "The devastating hurricane season of 2017 demonstrated the necessity for prompt and accurate hurricane forecasts".

Experts are forecasting a 75 percent chance that the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season will be near or above normal.

Hurricanes Irma and Maria accentuated problems that were already latent in areas that they blasted with storm surges and more-than-200 kilometer per hour winds.

Each year, the forecasters from Colorado State University give out their predictions for hurricane seasons.

We saw our first named storm of the year in Alberto, whose rains were not as torrential as expected.

The county is also working to train with other emergency agencies more frequently and working with statewide partners to help speed the recovery of critical services like power and gasoline after a storm, according to Mayfield. He says the odds are "50-50 that Ocala will be hit by the remnants" of a tropical storm or hurricane during the 2018 season. And some 60,000 customers are still without power in the USA possession of 3.3 million people, which was already saddled with a gargantuan debt crisis.

All of these factors are ever-changing throughout the hurricane season.

Initial evacuations included Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties on the eastern coast - and a number of residents in those counties evacuated to the northern and western parts of the state. El Niño, which is another name for warmer-than-average water in the tropical Pacific Ocean, creates strong wind over the tropical Atlantic.

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Also, the ocean water temperature pattern in the Atlantic Basin is very different right now from what we saw throughout the season last year, which also suggests that this year will be a much quieter season than last year. It was the most costly season on record, surpassing 2005 which produced Katrina. A near-normal season has three to five tropical cyclones, and an above-normal season has six or more tropical cyclones.

Though signs may be pointing in a decent direction, by no means does this mean Southwest Florida will have it easy in 2018.

Having these things in place ahead of a storm can make a world of difference for you and your family if a disaster should occur. NOAA believes that wind shear, coupled with the cooler Atlantic, will slow development. "This can be exacerbated by storm surge since the surge is often accompanied by destructive waves", warned Brown.

Bobby Futch, the vice president of insurance claims for AAA and the Auto Club Group, said that Florida residents are better prepared this year for hurricanes after the events of the past two years.

This back-and-forth is vital to officials as they make key decisions based on the information they receive. Exposed to the elements, they have been devastated by hurricane Irma in September 2017.

"They're a great resource", Mayfield said.

"Whatever the disaster may be, we're broadening our reports".

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