On Wednesday, August 9th, weather forecasters predicted the Atlantic hurricane season may be the busiest one since 2010 with 11-17 named storms. It’s possible there will be two to five major hurricanes.
Major hurricanes are considered Category 3 or above, making it severe with winds between 111 mph to 129 mph. Gerry Bell, a hurricane forecaster, stated "The wind and air patterns in the area of the tropical Atlantic and Caribbean, where many storms develop, are very conducive to an above-normal season. This is in part because the chance of an El Nino forming, which tends to prevent storms from strengthening, has dropped significantly since May."
Forecasters can’t predict how many storms will hit landfall, but are urging residents who live in the Southern part of the United States to be prepared. A major hurricane has not made landfall in the U.S. since 2005 when Katrina hit the Gulf Coast. The storm killed more than 1,200 people and caused over $100 billion in damage.
We at DTV news hope that those of you living in the southern parts of the U.S. will stay safe and prepared.