JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- NOAA is forecasting an active or extremely active Atlantic hurricane season this year.
For the six month hurricane season, which begins June 1, NOAA's Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook says there is a 70 percent likelihood of 13 to 20 named storms. 7 to 11 of those storms could be hurricanes. Of the hurricanes 3 to 6 could become major hurricanes. Major hurricanes are considered Category 3 or higher with winds of 111 mph or higher.
Kathryn Sullivan, Ph.D., NOAA's acting administrator said, "With the devastation of Sandy fresh in our minds, and another active season predicted, everyone at NOAA is committed to providing life-saving forecasts in the face of these storms and ensuring that Americans are prepared and ready ahead of time.”
Next week, May 26 - June 1, is National Hurricane Preparedness Week. To help those living in hurricane-prone areas prepare, NOAA is offering hurricane preparedness tips, along with video and audio public service announcements in both English and Spanish, featuring NOAA hurricane experts.