Hurricane season is here

| 6/3/2008

As if tornado season isn’t worrisome enough for truckers, hurricane season officially began on Sunday, June 1. Citing a continuation of warmer-than-normal temperatures in the eastern tropical Atlantic, weather experts have announced that projected climate conditions are pointing to a normal or above normal hurricane season in the Atlantic Basin this year.

The outlook from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, an agency of the U.S. Commerce Department, indicates a 60 percent to 70 percent chance of 12 to 16 named storms. That includes six to nine hurricanes and two to five major hurricanes. An average season has 11 named storms, including six hurricanes.

“Americans in hurricane-prone states must get serious and be prepared. ... Everyone is part of the emergency management process,” said FEMA Administrator R. David Paulison. “We must continue to develop a culture of preparedness in America in which every American takes personal responsibility for his or her own emergency preparedness.”

NOAA’s Atlantic hurricane season outlook will be updated on Aug. 7, just prior to what is historically the peak period for hurricane activity.