Hurricane season is here

HOLT, Fla., June 1, 2021—Today marks the official beginning of the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season.

All the prognosticators are forecasting another active season.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released its forecast May 20.

NOAA is predicting a 60 percent chance of an above-normal season; however, experts don’t anticipate another historic level of storm activity seen in 2020, according to a new release.

An average season produces 14 named storms, seven hurricanes and three major hurricanes. This season’s predications are well above the average.

For 2021, NOAA predicts a range of 13-to-20 named storms with between six and 10 possibly becoming hurricanes. Of those, three-to-five major hurricanes, category 3 or higher, are expected.


Another above-average season forecast

First tropical system of 2021 season forms

So far, there has been one preseason storm, Subtropical Storm Ana, which formed in May, making this the seventh consecutive season with a pre-season storm.

“Although NOAA scientists don’t expect this season to be as busy as last year, it only takes one storm to devastate a community,” said Ben Friedman, acting NOAA administrator.

“With hurricane season starting on June 1, now is the time to get ready,” said Deanne Criswell, administrator for the Federal Emergency Management Agency. 

Related:Sales tax holiday begins May 28

Florida’s disaster preparedness sales tax holiday is going on through June 6. Participating items include candles, flashlights, ice chests, batteries and generators (not an all-inclusive list).

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