The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), recently updated its hurricane forecast and now predicts an even greater chance of above-normal tropical activity for the remainder of the 2019 season. In other words, more tropical storms, more hurricanes and more major hurricanes may be coming our way.
The increase in activity is attributed to the collapse of El Nino in the Pacific Ocean, which ordinarily suppresses Atlantic hurricane activity.
NOAA now expects 10 to 17 named storms with winds of 39 mph or greater, five to nine hurricanes with winds of 74 mph or greater, and two to four major hurricanes with winds of 111 mph or greater.
For boaters, this means hurricane preparations will be ever more important. If you haven’t prepared already, here’s what you need to know to prep for storm season.