As deadly tornadoes continue to pound parts of the country, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has announced another threat – hurricanes – which it predicts will be “active or extremely active” during the 2013 Atlantic hurricane season.
Just a few days after the start of hurricane season on June 1, NOAA has announced its first named storm, Tropical Storm Andrea, has formed off the Gulf of Mexico. On Thursday, June 6, it was about 310 miles southwest of Tampa.
In NOAA’s recent 2013 hurricane outlook released in late May, it is predicting “13 to 20 named storms, of which seven to 11 could become hurricanes, including three to six major hurricanes.”
“This year, oceanic and atmospheric conditions in the Atlantic basin are expected to produce more and stronger hurricanes,” said Gerry Bell, Ph.D, lead seasonal hurricane forecaster with NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, in a statement.
In 2012, there were 19 named storms, including Hurricane Sandy, which devastated the East Coast.