June 1 marks the beginning of the Atlantic basin hurricane season.
The remnants of the recent Hurricane Agatha in the Pacific Ocean are crossing over Mexico and Central America and into the Caribbean Sea. The National Hurricane Center is monitoring this area of disturbed weather for the possibility of the redevelopment of a tropical cyclone later this week. If this system reorganizes into a tropical storm, its new name would be Alex, which is the first name on this year’s list of names for the Atlantic basin. Is your name on this year’s list?
As in most recent years, an above average hurricane season is predicted as likely. The National Hurricane Center expects 14 to 21 named storms, with 6 to 10 of those becoming hurricanes, and 3-6 of those becoming major hurricanes (category 3 or greater).
While an above average season is likely, this forecast is for the entire Atlantic Ocean basin, from Africa to North America. Therefore, it’s too soon to know the number, intensity and approximate locations of any storms that make landfall.
It’s always a good idea to be prepared for hurricane season, which lasts through the end of November. This year, because of preexisting supply shortages, it is particularly important to be prepared with non-perishable foods, batteries, drinking water, and any other supplies that may be difficult to find in the event any of the storms make a big impact on the U.S. mainland.