Atlantic hurricane season starts Friday

Hugh Fox
June 4, 2018

This outlook is a general guide to the overall seasonal hurricane activity in the central Pacific basin and does not predict whether or how many of these systems will affect Hawaii.

Statewide, the storm took 84 lives.

The 2018 Atlantic hurricane season starts today (June 1) and runs through November 30.

NOAA said that there is a 75% chance that this year's hurricane season will see near or more than the average number of storms in the basin but unfortunately, as usual, the latest forecast can not predict precisely where the storms might hit. Five to nine of those are forecast to become hurricanes. Hurricane Maria, which decimated Puerto Rico last October, led to mass relocations to the Sunshine State.

"While industry predictions for this year's storm season indicate average activity levels, associated storm surge risk remains an important consideration for residential and commercial properties in the 19 states analyzed", said Dr. Tom Jeffery, senior hazard scientist at CoreLogic, in a press release.

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After having no significant storms from 2006 to 2015, three storms have made landfall in the state the past two years.

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.

The new CoreLogic Storm Surge Report for 2018 estimates costs based on the reconstruction cost value (RCV) of single-family residential homes. The extra water has no place to go when a storm hits the coast, leading rivers and streams to overfill their banks and flood.

Make sure you have enough non-perishable food and water for three days for each person and pet along with a week's supply of medicines. Experts say the number of projected storms is really irrelevant.

The delays mean that as Florida enters another hurricane season, numerous state's long-term care facilities either don't have equipment installed and operational or haven't undergone a state inspection.

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Florida residents should hope for El Nino conditions towards the end of summer, seeing as that is the most active time for hurricane development. The group said there's a 51% chance of a major hurricane landfall somewhere along the USA coastline.

The NOAA said the possibility of a weak El Niño developing, along with near-average sea surface temperatures across the tropical Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea, are two of the factors driving this outlook.

Though signs may be pointing in a decent direction, by no means does this mean Southwest Florida will have it easy in 2018. In 2010, there were 19 named storms and only one (Tropical Storm Bonnie early in the season) hit the United States.

Boat owners should be aware of where they will have to take their vessels long before a threat, farmers should harvest their crops ahead of any storm and livestock owners who have their livestock in low-lying areas need to take the necessary steps to minimize loss.

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