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Violent Weather Threat Now Shifts to Hurricanes

The weather system that generated two series of tornadoes in Oklahoma over a period of 12 days and caused the deaths of 37 people is expected to subside this week, as the nation begins to focus on another major weather risk: hurricanes...
June 5, 2013

The weather system that generated two series of tornadoes in Oklahoma over a period of 12 days and caused the deaths of 37 people is expected to subside this week, as the nation begins to focus on another major weather risk: hurricanes. Meteorologists are observing the development of a tropical storm in the Gulf of Mexico that could bring heavy rain to Florida by the end of the first week in June.

The Atlantic hurricane season opened on June 1 and continues until November 30. The federal government expects the activity in the season to be above average and predicts seven to 11 hurricanes, compared with the six that appear in an average season. AccuWeather and The Weather Channel, two of the largest private weather forecasting companies, have also forecast an active hurricane season. The tornado season was calm until the last two weeks in May, when deadly twisters tore through the central region of the U.S. A twister near Oklahoma City on May 31 killed 13 people, including three storm chasers. On May 20 a tornado in nearby Moore, Oklahoma, killed 24 people.

According to data from the Storm Prediction Center, the 37 tornado fatalities in Oklahoma during May makes the month the deadliest one for twisters in the state since May 1999, when 40 people were killed. The National Climate Data Center reports that May is usually the month when the most tornadoes appear in the U.S. but that the more than 200 reported this May is below the average of 250 for the month.

Violent Tornado Outbreaks Likely to End Soon (USA Today 6/2/13)

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