The coronavirus may be on everyone’s minds, but hurricane season is less than two months away and it’s expected to be an active one.
According to Colorado State University, the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season is expected to be above-average.
They’re calling for 16 named storms during the upcoming season. Of those, eight are forecasted to become hurricanes, while four could strengthen into major hurricanes (Category 3+). Reasons for their above-average forecast include anticipated lack of El Nino and warmer than normal tropical Atlantic waters.
In an average year, the Atlantic has 12 storms, six hurricanes and roughly three major hurricanes.
Hurricane season “officially” begins on June 1 and lasts until Nov. 30.
As is the case with all hurricane seasons, coastal residents are reminded that it only takes one hurricane making landfall to make it an active season for them.
Floridians should prepare the same for every season, regardless of how much activity is predicted.