The Atlantic Hurricane Season Forecast Was Updated & Canadians Should Be Ready For Storms
Batten down the hatches, east coast.
Lots of storms are expected this year. The Atlantic hurricane season 2020 is shaping up to be an extremely active one and the forecast has been updated with bigger numbers. The Canadian Hurricane Centre is telling residents to be ready.
This year's hurricane season was already poised to be an above-average one but with the forecast update, there's an even greater risk of storms forming.
On Twitter, the Canadian Hurricane Centre said that the combination of warm water temperatures and low wind shear could be the key reasons as to why the 2020 season will be very active.
For the parts of the country that can be affected by hurricanes like Nova Scotia, Newfoundland & Labrador, New Brunswick and P.E.I., the importance of being ready for a storm is being stressed.
"We know what the protocols now are in stores, social distancing and everything else, you really want to be prepared if we get a storm that will generate a prolonged power outage ahead of time this year," said Bob Robichaud, a meteorologist with the Canadian Hurricane Centre, to the CBC.
So, because there are restrictions and sometimes long wait times at stores, going to get supplies the day before a storm is expected to hit might not be the best idea.
"If there's any year we were going to be prepared, this is the year to be prepared," Robichaud said.
The updated forecast from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) included an increase in the number of named storms and hurricanes.
However, how many major ones are expected stayed the same.
There could be 19 to 25 named storms, seven to 11 hurricanes and three to six major ones which are category three or higher.
This update is for the entire season which lasts six months and ends on November 30.
There have already been nine named storms so far this year.
Thefrom NOAA had just 13 to 19 named storms. So, what was thought to be the top end of the expected range is now the low end of it with the update.
Six to 10 hurricanes were forested before along with three to six major ones.
Whenhit Nova Scotia in 2019, $62.2 million worth of was claimed to insurance.
Along with other affected provinces, insurance claims for damage reached $105 million.