Atlantic hurricane season: What to expect and how to prepare

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Last year's hurricane season spawned 17 named storms, 10 hurricanes and six major hurricanes, a tie for second place all-time. Five to nine of those are forecast to become hurricanes.

This is a decrease from a forecast the group released in April.

HURRICANE WARNING means a hurricane may occur within 36 hours.

Brown says his offices are working with Lee County and others to keep them in connection on the latest developments of potential tropical storms and hurricanes. This is why preparedness is important says the Chief Meteorologist at the National Meteorological Service of Belize, Catherine Cumberbatch.

For example, the 1992 hurricane season was relatively quiet overall, with only seven named storms.

Floridians who lived through Hurricane Andrew in 1992 have terrible memories of surviving one of the strongest storms ever to hit South Florida, which left parts of the state devastated.

Hurricane season starts June 1 and runs through November 30.

Past year the USA was hit by three major hurricanes - Harvey, Irma and Maria - that helped drive total losses to more than $215 billion, according to Munich Re.

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There is a 70% chance there will be 10 to 16 named storms that threaten life and property in 2018, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Including Subtropical Storm Alberto, the forecast is for 14 total named storms in 2018.

However, with what was Tropical Storm Alberto carving a path from the Panhandle of Florida to MI, and hurricane season starting June 1, New Jersey is expected to be in for another above-average year.

The 2018 outlook indicates equal chances of an above-normal and near-normal season at 40 percent each, and a 20-percent chance of a below-normal season.

Insurance companies, emergency managers and the media use the forecasts to prepare Americans for the year's hurricane threat. Those in South Georgia and the Big Bend should always prepare the same for every season, regardless of how much activity is predicted.

But the 567 facilities whose requests for extensions have been approved, while technically in "compliance", have up to January 1, 2019, to meet the actual requirements of the rule, meaning many facilities may not have the mandated backup power for cooling for this hurricane season.

The university, under the direction of meteorologist William Gray, was the first group to predict seasonal hurricane activity in the mid-1980s. William Gray launched the report in 1984 and continued to be an author on them until his death in 2016.

This is the team's 35th forecast.

His computer models show that the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico will be warmer than normal, and more storms will escalate in those areas and affect most all states along the Gulf of Mexico.