What you need to know, and tips, if you'll be travelling to a hurricane-prone area
The official hurricane and tropical season typically starts June 1 and runs through to November 30th, and the 2007 season kicked off early with subtropical storm Andrea that formed off the coast of the Florida/Georgia coast in early May. So what can you expect for the rest of the season?
The 2007 hurricane season is predicted to be more active than normal. Analysis released by Phillip Klotzbach and William Gray at the Colorado State University Tropical Meteorology Project suggests 17 named storms and nine hurricanes of which 5 will be intense (meaning a category 3 or higher.) will form this season. It has also been reported that there's a 74% chance that one major hurricane will hit the American coast.
Klotzbach and Gray's analysis is further supported by the predictions of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). "For the 2007 Atlantic hurricane season, NOAA scientists predict 13 to 17 named storms with seven to 10 becoming hurricanes, of which three to five could become major hurricanes of Category 3 strength or higher," said retired Navy Vice Adm. Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Ph.D., undersecretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and NOAA administrator.
How's this season rank?
According to the NOAA, an average Atlantic hurricane season brings 11 named storms, with six becoming hurricanes, including two major hurricanes.