The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season activity is projected to be “above normal,” according to Triple-I non-resident scholar Dr. Phil Klotzbach.
Dr. Klotzbach, an atmospheric scientist at Colorado State
University (CSU), and his team have issued an early forecast of 16 named
storms, eight hurricanes, and four major hurricanes for the year, with above-average
probability for major hurricanes making landfall along the continental United
States coastline and in the Caribbean.
A typical year has 12 named
storms, six hurricanes, and three major hurricanes. Major hurricanes are
defined as Category 3, 4, and 5 storms, where wind speeds reach at least 111
miles per hour.
The forecast is based partly on the fact that El Niño conditions are
unlikely this summer and fall.
is warmer-than-normal water in the Central and Eastern Tropical Pacific,” Dr.
Klotzbach said. “When it occurs, it tends to increase upper-level westerly
winds that tear apart hurricanes when the try to develop.”
The chart below shows 2020 hurricane probabilities for 18 coastal states.
A lot can change between now and the peak of the season
though, so an updated forecast will be issued on June 4.
As is the case with all hurricane seasons, coastal
residents are reminded that it only takes one hurricane making landfall to make
it an active season for them. They should prepare the same for every season,
regardless of how much activity is predicted.
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Flood Policy Renewal
Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced
it is extending the grace period to renew flood insurance policies from 30 days
to 120 days to help policyholders who may be experiencing financial
difficulties due to the coronavirus pandemic. The extension applies to National
Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) policies with an expiration date between
February 13 and June 15, 2020.
Maurstad, the FEMA administrator who oversees the NFIP, “We want to make sure
that policyholders don’t have to worry that their policy will lapse during the
spring flood season or into the start of hurricane season.”