Hurricane season 2019: Weather forecasters urge PREPARE for MAJOR hurricanes and floods

season in the Atlantic will officially kick start in less than two weeks on June 1 this year. Hurricane seasons in the past have brought catastrophic devastation to the US and Caribbean, with 2017 being the deadliest year on record. Weather forecasters at AccuWeather have now warned conditions over the Atlantic threaten to develop between 12 to 14 tropical storms and five to seven named hurricanes. Out of the named hurricanes, anywhere between two to four will likely deteriorate into major hurricanes of Category 3 or higher on the Saffir-Simpson scale.

And at least two to four names storms are expected to make landfall in the US this hurricane season.

Hurricane expert Dan Kottlowski said: “Whether or not this will be an impactful year for the United States is a very tough question to answer this early in the season because all it takes is one hurricane to hit a community to make a devastating impact.

“Statistically, we’re still forecasting roughly two to four impacts to the United States.

“We have no idea at this point what the intensity of those particular events will be.”


The dire hurricane forecast follows AccuWeather’s initial prognosis on April 3 this year, which remains unchanged.

At 12 to 14 tropical storms developing over the Atlantic, the hurricane season will be “near to slight above normal”.

But it will only take one major storm to rampage through the region, much like Hurricane Harvey tore through Texas in 2017.

According to AccuWeather, water temperatures over the Atlantic are now at above normal levels to the east of Bermuda and off the southeastern coast of the US and parts of the Gulf of Mexico.


Mr Kottlowski said these are the areas of most interest for hurricane forecasts.

On Monday, May 20, the first named storm of the season was seen forming formed hundreds of miles southwest of Bermuda.

The US National Hurricane Centre (NHC) dubbed the subtropical storm, which was last seen safely weakening, Andrea.

Regardless, Mr Kottlowski urged all people living in coastal areas to prepare for intense flooding in the coming months.


He said: “Inland flooding is by far a really big concern that we have.

“If we have just a weak tropical storm that gets stuck over a coastal area or near a coastal area, there could be devastating flooding.”

Estimates for the year 2017 suggest the Atlantic hurricane season caused damage to the tune of around £232.7billion ($294.67billion).

In total, the NHC 407 weather forecasts were issued that year and the hurricane season had “above-normal” activity.

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