Researches at Colorado State University are predicting an active hurricane season. With as many as 12 hurricanes yet to come. The prediction is based on data that indicates warmer than normal ocean temperatures.
According to Colorado State University, the 2017 hurricane season will have a greater than normal number of storms, with several developing into major hurricanes. “CSU is predicting 16 named storms — including the five that already occurred in addition to eight hurricanes and three major hurricanes” (CNN 8/2017).
It’s important to remember that hurricane season lasts through November. And many major hurricanes, such as Katrina, occur in late summer. We are only two months into the current season, so there is still ample opportunity for major storms to form.
According to experts at Weather Trends 360, the Texas coast holds the highest risk of impact from a major hurricane this year.
However, other experts are predicting more action in Florida’s direction. “The Gulf of Mexico coast, especially central and eastern areas including all of Florida, will be the greatest areas of concern for direct and indirect impacts from tropical storms and hurricanes during the 2017 season,” according to AccuWeather Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski. (accuweather.com)
One thing is certain, the Gulf of Mexico has a good chance of producing a major hurricane this year. Is your department ready?
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