Hurricane Season Could Bring 13 Storms
At least 13 storm systems should reach tropical strength and get a name in 2019, with five becoming hurricanes and two spawning winds of 111 miles per hour or more, according to Colorado State University’s annual Atlantic forecast. Although the overall storm number is one above the 30-year average, it’s down from 15 last year.
The U.S. was hit by three major hurricanes in 2017, with the entire season causing about $215 billion in damage. Last year, hurricanes Florence and Michael ripped through the Carolinas and Florida with the total damage for the year reaching $51 billion, according to Munich Re.
The current El Niño weather pattern will linger into at least September, which will help keep the hurricane season close to average, forecasters note. “As we always say, it only takes one storm to make it an active season,” says Phil Klotzbach, lead author of the study. “People have to prepare the same as always.”