Travel Tip: Hurricane Season 2018

Atlantic hurricane season begins June 1 and the NOAA is predicting an active season

Officials with the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said cooler water in the Atlantic basin and warmer water in the Pacific Ocean will help reduce hurricane activity during the 2018 season, which ends November 30.

Ten to 16 named storms, of which five to nine could become hurricanes.

Further, "we anticipate a near-average probability for major hurricanes making landfall along the United States coastline and in the Caribbean", according to the forecast released Thursday, a day ahead of what is typically considered the start of the Atlantic hurricane season.

Graham said his office's job with any new officials "is going to be to educate".

If there was one theme to the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season, it might be "Oh, no, not again!" And as so many areas are still recovering from Harvey, Irma and Maria, get ready for above average hurricane season for 2018.

"Even 48 hours out, average track forecast errors are about 80 miles, and the southern Florida peninsula is only 50 or 60 miles wide, so everyone in southern Florida and the Florida Keys was at risk of seeing direct impacts from the core of a major hurricane".

Hurricane season is here.

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"Other new products we are implementing are storm surge watch and higher-accuracy wind maps", Brown said.

According to recent AAA survey, 81 percent of residents are making advanced preparations for the 2018 hurricane season.

"We issue these forecasts to satisfy the curiosity of the general public and to bring attention to the hurricane problem", the university said.

One local retailer predicts only a modest increase in shoppers at his store because of the tax-holiday. When air gets warmer, it can hold more water vapor, which allows storms to more easily become stronger and produce more rain.

They are now expecting 14 named storms and six hurricanes, with two of those being major, slightly off from their previous outlook which indicated there would be 14 named storms, seven hurricanes and three major hurricanes. Hurricane Irma ripped through the state in late September and was blamed for widespread power outages and at least 84 deaths.

Chip Konrad, a University of North Carolina Chapel Hill professor and the director of NOAA's Southeast Regional Climate Center, said of rapid intensification, "They all happen around an eye, and. those kinds of details are being understood better, but obviously they're not understood well enough to accurately forecast". Take steps, they say, like knowing where important documents are, having supplies and knowing what the evacuation plans are should a major storm bear down. "Now is the time to check with your insurance agent to ensure you are covered before the busy storm season begins".

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