NOAA predicts above-average Atlantic hurricane season

2:00 PM, May 23, 2013   |    comments
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(News-Press) -- NOAA forecasters are predicting an active or extremely active 2013 hurricane season with three to six major hurricanes in the Atlantic.

In its 2013 Atlantic hurricane season outlook, NOAA says there is a 70 percent likelihood of 13 to 20 named storms, of which 7 or 11 could become hurricanes.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administrations says these ranges are well above the seasonal average of 12 named storms, 6 hurricanes and 3 major hurricanes.

"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." said Kathryn Sullivan, Ph.D., NOAA acting administrator.

"As we saw first-hand with Sandy, it's important to remember that tropical storm and hurricane impacts are not limited to the coastline. Strong winds, torrential rain, flooding, and tornadoes often threaten inland areas far from where the storm first makes landfall."