The start of the 2016 Atlantic hurricane season is just a few weeks away, and initial reports point to a stormy season for the season that begins June 1.
What are the storm names that will be used during the six-month season, and how many hurricanes and tropical storms are forecast between June and November? Here’s what you need to know so you can start preparing ahead of what The Weather Channel states will be the most active Atlantic hurricane season since 2012. Find storm names and preparedness tips below.
The most recent reports point to a total of 14 named storms are forecast for the 2016 season, with TWC stating that at least three storms could become major hurricanes that are Category 3 or stronger.
Earlier in the month, Colorado State University released a slightly different forecast that indicated that it would an “average” season, with 12 named storms and two major hurricanes, but the latest report shows an increase in storms and a prediction that the season will be more active than expected.
Of note, the 2016 forecast does not include the first hurricane of the year that happened earlier this year. Although the official hurricane season is June through November, in early January, Hurricane Alex made landfall as a Category 1 storm on Terceira Island in the Azores.
— NHC Atlantic Ops (@NHC_Atlantic) January 15, 2016
Although 14 named storms are predicted for the 2016 Atlantic hurricane season, that doesn’t mean all of them will have a major impact.
According to NOAA, there an average of 1 to 2 hurricane landfalls each season in the U.S., but the average has been much lower in the past ten years. That means the season could deliver a number of storms that are of little impact, or just a few storms with one or more pummeling the U.S. coast with a major impact. All in all, it’s just a prediction of what forecasters believe will happen in the coming season, but it’s a good idea to be prepared either way.
Whether the Atlantic ends up with 14 storms or fewer, the National Hurricane Center has a list of storm names at-the-ready. According to The Old Farmer’s Almanac, the names are picked by the World Meteorological Organization, but for storms that are “especially destructive,” the hurricane names are normally retired.
Find a list of the 2016 Atlantic hurricane season names below. Keep in mind, Alex has already been used in January, so the first named Atlantic hurricane of 2016 will be Bonnie.
- Alex (January, 2016)
— TWIA (@TXWindstormIns) March 2, 2016
Although the start of the 2016 Atlantic hurricane season is still more than a month away, NOAA has a full list of basic disaster supplies that is worth checking out in advance. When a hurricane is about to hit, most stores run out of many vital necessities, including batteries, water, non-perishable food, and flashlights.
It’s also a great time to purchase an extra phone battery (keep it charged) and download mobile apps for your insurance company. Following the Weather Channel, the National Hurricane Center, and TWC’s Hurricane Central on Twitter is a great way to stay informed about impending storms and for updates during a hurricane or tropical storm.
The Red Cross’ Safe and Well website is an important site to bookmark on your mobile phone. The site allows users to update their Facebook and Twitter status to let friends and family know they are safe. Additionally, the free Red Cross mobile app provides users with the location of all open Red Cross shelters and shows the current capacity of the center.
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