May 22, 2006
The official start of hurricane season is a little less than two weeks away, but the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration or NOAA has already issued their 2006 outlook.
Hurricane Season 2005 was a record-breaking season with 28 named storms, 15 of those becoming hurricanes and seven hurricanes reaching a category three or higher. As the start of hurricane season approaches, NOAA is predicting a less intense 2006 season.
"NOAA is predicting an above normal Hurricane Season with 13-16 named storms. Of which 8-10 are predicted to become hurricanes and 4-6 of those hurricanes are predicted to become major at category three strength or higher," said Conrad C. Lautenbacher, a NOAA Administrator.
With less storms predicted than last season, people need to understand that it only takes one storm to cause a disaster.
"To assume that two-four hurricanes could affect the United States. The very thought, obviously, of another hurricane strike on the United States, especially the gulf coast, is a troubling, yet real possibility. "
Here in Central Virginia we may not experience a direct hit from a storm, but the remnants from one can be disastrous.
Although NOAA's outlook might have to be modified during the season, it's important to understand the effects of one of these storms and to head the warnings when or if they are issued.
Hurricane Season begins June 1st and lasts until November 30th.