NOAA: 1 to 4 Major Hurricanes to Hit 2016

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According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), this storm season is predicted to bring up to 16 tropical storms. These storms are defined by the speed of the winds they bring. A tropical storm for example, brings winds up to 39 miles or higher. Although NOAA is predicting another near-normal hurricane season, they state that there is still a 30% chance of above-normal storm conditions taking place this season. Categorized by speeds of 111 miles per hour or faster, NOAA predicts one to four of these tropical storms will become category 3, 4 or 5 hurricanes.

Although admitting that this hurricane season is a difficult one to predict, lead hurricane forecaster at NOAAs Climate Prediction Center, Dr. Gerry Bell, Ph.D., suggests that this gives us no reason to turn a blind eye. Unsure if tropical storm development will be reinforced or contested by climate influences, Dr. Bell cites that a dissipating El Niño could mean a 70% chance of La Niña, which brings on more hurricane activity. With so much uncertainty this hurricane season, staying on the safe side is a wise thing to do. “While seasonal forecasts may vary from year to year — some high, some low — it only takes one storm to significantly disrupt your life,” says FEMA Deputy Administrator Joseph Nimmich.

NOAA will issue an updated forecast just before peak season in early August. In the meantime, the safest course of action would be to take the proper precautions for hurricane safety. Doing so may just keep you, your family and even your business out of harm’s way if and when disaster strikes.

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