A total of 14 named storms, seven hurricanes, and three major hurricanes are expected this season.
This is slightly above the 30-year average of 12 named storms, six hurricanes, and two major hurricanes. The forecast was released by the Colorado State University Tropical Meteorology Project.
After a disastrous hurricane season in 2017 that included storms like Harvey, Irma, and Maria. Meteorology experts at Colorado State University say the U.S. probably won’t see much of a break this year in terms of hurricane activity.
The 2018 Atlantic hurricane season forecast released Thursday from Colorado State University calls for the number of named storms and hurricanes to be slightly above historical averages, but less than last year.
“Now is the time to prepare for the upcoming hurricane season,” said National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Spokesman Chris Vaccaro. “Be sure to have an emergency supply kit fully stocked and have an evacuation plan ready if asked by local officials to leave the area. Do not wait for an approaching hurricane to begin these preparations. Hurricanes are a potential threat to land each and every hurricane season.”
Though the official Atlantic hurricane season runs from June through November, occasionally storms can be seen forming outside of those months.