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NOAA Increases Forecast for Hurricanes As Peak Season Starts

The Atlantic basin will see the most named storms since the 2012 season, the year Sandy crippled the U.S. East Coast, with five to eight of those strengthening into hurricanes by Nov. 30, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said...
August 17, 2016

The Atlantic basin will see the most named storms since the 2012 season, the year Sandy crippled the U.S. East Coast, with five to eight of those strengthening into hurricanes by Nov. 30, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said.

NOAA increased its outlook to 12 to 17 named storms with winds of at least 39 miles per hour in the tropical Atlantic after the end of El Niño, which can produce winds that damage systems, according to an updated forecast released Aug. 11. Two to four storms could grow into major hurricanes with winds of at least 111 miles per hour.

“This is a more challenging hurricane season outlook than most,” said Gerry Bell, lead forecaster at the Climate Prediction Center. More than 6.6 million homes with an estimated reconstruction cost of $1.5 trillion lie in vulnerable areas along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts, according to the Insurance Information Institute.

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