NOAA predicts active Atlantic hurricane season
Thu, 23 May 2013 17:31:54 GMT —
COLUMBIA (WACH / AP) - The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released its predictions for the 2013 Atlantic hurricane season on Thursday.
The six-month season could be "active or extremely active" and begins on June 1.
An article on NOAA's website states, "NOAAâ??s Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook says there is a 70 percent likelihood of 13 to 20 named storms (winds of 39 mph or higher), of which 7 to 11 could become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher), including 3 to 6 major hurricanes (Category 3, 4 or 5; winds of 111 mph or higher)."
It is important to note that the outlook does not predict how many storms will hit land.
The prediction by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is more than what's considered an average Atlantic season.
Last year was the third-busiest on record with 19 named storms. Ten became hurricanes and were two major storms, with winds over 111 mph.
That included Sandy, which caused $50 billion in damage even though it lost hurricane status when it made landfall in New Jersey.
The last time a major hurricane made landfall in the United States was Wilma in 2005. The seven year U.S. landfall drought is the longest on record.
National Hurricane Preparedness Week will begin May 26 and end June 1.
WACH Fox will air "Palmetto Hurricane: A SkyWACH Weather Special Report" on June 1 at 6 p.m.
(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)