2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season: Very Busy Season Still Projected, Possibly 12-17 More Named Storms — Have You Prepared?

The 2016 Atlantic hurricane season started two-and-a-half months ago, and so far, it has been quite slow. There have been a few storms here and there while others have fizzled out, but so far, it has been Hurricane Earl which has done the most damage. There is still a lot of time left in this season as it doesn’t end until November 30, and forecasters are now predicting that there is a 70 percent chance of 12-17 more named storms.

Even without a hurricane or tropical storm, many are having to deal with severe weather systems moving into their areas.

The Times-Picayune is reporting that 62 miles of highway (Interstate 12) from Baton Rouge to Covington, Louisiana, has been closed due to flooding. If severe storms are causing this kind of havoc for some people, they aren’t happy to hear that the hurricane season may have not even really started yet.

As of August 13, there have already been five named storms, but the chance of a lot more is quite strong. Here are all of the names for the storms if they should end up going that far along in the alphabet.

  • Alex (Formed in January 2016)
  • Bonnie (Tropical Storm)
  • Colin (Tropical Storm)
  • Danielle (Tropical Storm)
  • Earl (Hurricane)
  • Fiona
  • Gaston
  • Hermine
  • Ian
  • Julia
  • Karl
  • Lisa
  • Matthew
  • Nicole
  • Otto
  • Paula
  • Richard
  • Shary
  • Tobias
  • Virginie
  • Walter

According to the NOAA, the updated outlook for the 2016 Atlantic hurricane season is calling for a “near-normal or above-normal” season. The chance of a normal season has now been reduced to a mere 15 percent which means everyone should be prepared and ready.

2016 is expected to have the most active hurricane season since 2012.

As of now, the 70 percent chance of 12-17 named storms is huge and experts predict 5-8 of those named storms will turn into hurricanes. Going a bit further, 2-4 of those hurricanes are expected to be “major” and could cause serious damage if they head toward heavily populated areas.

Four of the named storms so far in 2016 have made landfall: Bonnie in South Carolina, Colin in western Florida, Danielle in eastern Mexico, and Earl in Belize and Mexico.

News 12 reported that each year, the United States gets 12 named Atlantic storms on average, including six hurricanes, and three of them are typically major.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) wants to make sure that everyone understands and is prepared for what the 2016 Atlantic hurricane season may bring. There are many websites that people can keep track of in order to stay up-to-date on the latest news and weather.

For those that may need help if they experience severe damage or loss, the Red Cross is always available and can be contacted in a variety of ways. Not only do they have a Disaster Recovery Guide but also a way to prepare for emergencies so you’re ready when danger may come about.

The official Twitter account for FEMA also updates regularly with shelter locations and other information that can advise people where to get help and supplies.

For almost four more months, many will have to keep a close eye on the weather as the 2016 Atlantic hurricane season is really just getting started. Prediction of 12-17 more named storms, in that short amount of time, is quite frightening, and folks need to be prepared for whatever may possibly come their way. The only thing that can be done is to never turn a blind eye to any severe storms and what could come from them as you never know when you may need to go.

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