Expect 14-18 tropical storms during this upcoming season, seven to nine are expected hurricanes, and two to four are expected to be major hurricanes.

Hurricane season if officially June 1 to November 30.

National Weather Service – Source for information

“It’s going to be an above-normal season,” Dan Kottlowski Accuweather expert said. “On a normal year, we have around 12 storms, six hurricanes and roughly three major hurricanes.”

Last year’s 2019 season resulted in $11 billion in damage. 2020 be could be as bad says the Accuweather report.

Katrina (NWS image)

A benchmark of hurricane severity is 2005, the year when Katrina, Wilma and Rita hit. “There were a record 27 named storms, of which 14 were hurricanes, exceeding the 1969 record of 12 hurricanes, and 7 were major hurricanes. Of the 7 major hurricanes, an unprecedented 3 reached category 5 status.” (Source)

Even with the current pandemic the best time to plan for hurricane safety starts now. One of the good places for safety information is with the U.S. Weather Service.

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Feature image of Hurricane Florence (NWS)