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Prepare for a ‘Busy’ Hurricane Season

Up to six major hurricanes are projected for 2020

Prepare for a ‘Busy’ Hurricane Season

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Two models have predicted an active hurricane season in the Atlantic basin. Hurricane season runs June 1 through November 30.

NC State University researchers predict this hurricane season will see 18 to 22 named storms forming in the Atlantic basin, which includes the entire Atlantic Ocean, the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea. The long-term (1951 to 2019) average of named storms is 11, and the short‑term (1995 to 2019) average is 14.

Of those named storms, eight to 11 may grow strong enough to become hurricanes (the historical average is six), with the possibility of three to five storms becoming major hurricanes.

The NC State prediction is slightly higher than that of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), which expects 13 to 19 named storms, three to six of which may become major hurricanes.

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