Scientist urges people to be prepared for "above-normal" hurricane season

John McDevitt
August 10, 2019 - 12:26 pm
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — This year's Atlantic hurricane season has the potential to be a very dangerous one, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's updated outlook reports. Scientists predict that there is now a 45 percent chance of an above-normal hurricane season.

"It only takes one storm to have catastrophic impacts on lives and communities." said Dr. Gerry Bell, NOAA's lead seasonal hurricane forecaster. 

He outlined NOAA predictions for the range of hurricane season activity, the peak months of which are August through October. "These ranges are 10 to 17 name storms, of which five to nine are expected to become hurricanes. Two to four of them can become major hurricanes. These ranges include the two named storms to date."

NOAA said that the end of El Niño is responsible for the increase.  

  

"El Niño usually suppresses hurricanes but now that it has dissipated we are expecting conditions to be more favorable for storm development through the rest of the season."

Dr. Bell said everyone needs to get ready now.

"Everyone should know the risks, have a plan and be prepared. And we really encourage people to visit the website ready.gov for helpfully tips to plan ahead for any tropical storm or hurricane."