JUST IN: #NOAA forecasters expect near- or above-normal 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season: http://bit.ly/2018AtlanticHurrSeasonOutlook
Today we released our 2018 Atlantic #HurricaneSeason Outlook: There's a 70% likelihood of 10-16 named storms of which 5-9 could become hurricanes, including 1-4 major hurricanes.
Remember: It only takes 1 storm to devastate a community. Last year produced 6 major hurricanes, including #Irma, #Maria, and #Harvey that alone resulted in 251 lives lost and caused more than $265 billion in damages. 2017 was the 7th most active season on record and the most active season since 2005.
Many communities are starting the 2018 hurricane season while still working to recover from last year. **Atlantic hurricane season starts June 1, so be prepared NOW. For late-breaking hurricane watches and warnings this season, bookmark http://www.hurricanes.gov, hurricanes.gov/mobile, mobile.weather.gov, and follow the NOAA NWS National Hurricane Center on Twitter at @NHC_Atlantic and NOAA's U.S. National Weather Service (@NWS). NOAA also issued seasonal outlooks for the 2018 central Pacific and eastern Pacific hurricane seasons (See story link above). Follow NOAA's National Hurricane Center Twitter feed for the Pacific basin at @NHC_Pacific for late-breaking storm updates.
BE PREPARED: See http://www.ready.gov/hurricanes for preparedness tips and lists. [NOAA satellite image: Hurricane #Harvey, 2017.] #nature #science #hurricane #tropicalcyclone #weather #hurricaneoutlook