Published: Mon, June 04, 2018
Worldwide | By Stella Potter

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The CSU Tropical Meteorology Project team is predicting 13 additional named storms (Subtropical Storm Alberto formed in May) during the Atlantic hurricane season, which officially runs from June 1 to November 30.

In 2017, three major hurricanes - out of the 17 named storms - touched US soil causing devestation.

Of the six predicted hurricanes, two are expected to spin into major hurricanes - category 3, 4 or 5 - with sustained wind speeds of 111 miles per hour or greater.

Previous year the USA was hit by three major hurricanes - Harvey, Irma and Maria - that helped drive total losses to more than $215 billion, according to Munich Re.

Much of the prediction is based on the fact that the last twenty years have been some of the most active storm seasons in recent history. Remember, it only takes ONE major hurricane to make for a memorable season.

But it's not just hurricanes; more powerful rain storms across the country are already dumping between 10% and 70% more water on us than they did five or six decades ago.

Mullin is reminding residents that the recovery cost for damage done to Barbuda from Hurricane Irma past year is approximately 222 million U.S. dollars.

As meteorologists observe more storms and collect data from them, they are able to better the forces that strengthen hurricanes and tweak forecast models to account for those factors. It was the most costly season on record, surpassing 2005 which produced Katrina. Though hurricane season peaks between mid-August and October, forecasters warn tropical cyclones can form at any time.

The large figure is based on Category 5 hurricanes, the most powerful.

That puts this year on track to be slightly above the average of 12 named storms.

His computer models show that the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico will be warmer than normal, and more storms will escalate in those areas and affect most all states along the Gulf of Mexico.

Dilley also believes this part of Florida is in for above normal rainfall for another 15 years or so, like the rainy period in the 1940s. Government scientists said there is a 75 percent chance this season will produce either average or above-average activity.

Other high-pressure systems can also help steer tropical systems, as can storm fronts crossing from north to south across the United States. Maul declined to answer questions about his level of experience, but the governor's office has cited Maul's work at the department so far - including responses to storms and mass shootings - as an indicator that Maul is up to the task.

"If we once again have to wait 50 days for the US Corps of Engineers to reach Puerto Rico, then we have not learned anything", Rossello said this week as he announced the plan.

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