AUBURN, Ala.— The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center says the 2016 Atlantic hurricane season, which runs from June 1 through Nov. 30, will most likely be near-normal. Experts say uncertainty in the climate signals that influence Atlantic storm formation make predicting this season particularly difficult.
A total of 14 named storms, eight hurricanes and three major hurricanes are forecast for this season. Three named storms have already occurred this season. Tropical storm Bonnie hit the East Coast the last week of May and Tropical Storm Colin, made landfall on the West Coast of Florida June 6 and is moving up the East Coast toward the Carolina’s.
Other named storms for the 2016 season include the following: Danielle, Earl, Fiona, Gaston, Hermine, Ian, Julia, Karl, Lisa, Matthew, Nicole, Otto, Paula, Richard, Shary, Tobias,Virginie and Walter.
In addition, El Niño is dissipating and NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center is forecasting a 70 percent chance that La Niña — which favors more hurricane activity — will be present during the peak months of hurricane season, August through October. Current model predictions show uncertainty as to how strong La Niña and its impacts will be.
People throughout the nation should be alert to hurricane warnings because, once they have make landfall, they can spawn severe thunderstorms, tornadoes, torrential rain and flooding.
So what can you do to prepare for a hurricane? First, listen to weather reports and heed advice given by weather experts if a storm is in your area.
A hurricane watch means that a hurricane may occur within 24 to 36 hours. A warning means a hurricane will probably hit your area within 24 hours. However, if you are smart, you will not wait until a hurricane watch is issued to take precautions.
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