Hurricane season is right around the corner, but it's never too early for Floridians to start planning for the next big storm. A flurry of hurricanes is expected to head for the Atlantic Coast this hurricane season, with four of those anticipated to be major storms. With only five weeks remaining until the start of the season, coastal states should consider preparing for anything.
The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season is predicted to be unusually active this year. According to the Weather Channel, experts are anticipating nine hurricanes to form, which is three more than last year's disastrous season.
Four of these storms are expected to be major, which means they have the potential of causing devastating damage. These storms tend to register as a Category 3 or higher with winds surpassing 110 mph.
The official start of the season is mere weeks away from now, with a start date of June 1, 2020. The season typically runs until the end of November.
Though the East Coast could see activity even sooner. In recent years, tropical storms have formed as early as April and May.
More recently, Central Florida was hit with a massive tornado on Monday, sparking an uptick in natural disasters across the state.
In total, 18 named storms are predicted for 2020. Last year, there were 18 named storms, including six hurricanes. Three of these were Cat 3 or greater.
Cat 5 storms reach over 156 mph and cause catastrophic damage. Two recent storms of this caliber were Hurricane Michael in 2018 and Hurricane Dorian in 2019.
The Atlantic is warmer than usual right now, which influences hurricane predictions. The recent record-breaking temperatures could be the perfect recipe for strong storms.
Keep checking reports in the coming months for updates on this year's hurricane season. As always, the best thing to do in these situations is to prepare for the worst and hope for the best.
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