Published: Thu, May 23, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

NOAA has released its 2019 hurricane season outlook

NOAA has released its 2019 hurricane season outlook

Of those, four to eight will become hurricanes and two to four will reach major hurricane status of category 3, 4 or 5. Other forces, including warmer-than-normal seawater, counter that.

"With the 2019 hurricane season upon us, NOAA is leveraging cutting-edge tools to help secure Americans against the threat posed by hurricanes and tropical cyclones across both the Atlantic and Pacific", stated Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross in a news release. Here's what AccuWeather is predicting. The Atlantic averages 12 named storms a year, with six becoming hurricanes and three major storms.

On Thursday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released its outlook, predicting a near-normal season with a 70 percent chance of nine to 15 named storms, which have sustained winds at least 39 miles per hour.

Hurricane season is from June 1 to November 30.

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Looking at recent weather patterns, 2019 could be similar to 1969, when Hurricane Camille pummeled the Gulf coastline. "Also, ocean temperatures in the main hurricane formation region are expected to remain above-average, and vertical wind shear is predicted to be weaker-than-average", said Gerry Bell, Ph.D., NOAA's lead seasonal hurricane forecaster at the Climate Prediction Center, in a press release statement.

An update from NOAA on their predictions is coming in August, before the season peaks.

Kaniewski said that those living in risk areas should download the FEMA app to get alerts, in addition to heeding any warnings issued by local officials. The storm season was the first since 2008 where four named storms--Florence, Helene, Isaac and Joyce--were active at the same time.

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