Hurricane forecasters raise extreme weather warning for 2021

Hurricane forecasters raise extreme weather warning for 2021
Season ‘does not show any signs of relenting’

le National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has updated its atlantique hurricane season outlook, slightly increasing the number of predicted storms.

The agency said in a release that the “likelihood of an above-normal 2021 Atlantic hurricane season” is 65 pour cent.

NOAA said that between 15 à 21 named storms could now be possible of which seven to 10 could become hurricanes, including three to five major hurricanes.

“This updated outlook includes the 5 named storms that have formed so far, with Hurricane Elsa becoming the earliest fifth named storm on record,” the agency said.

An above-average hurricane season could overwhelm the response capacity of a country still reeling from an unprecedented heatwave.

« Après un début de record, les 2021 La saison des ouragans dans l'Atlantique ne montre aucun signe de relâchement alors qu'elle entre dans les mois de pointe à venir,” NOAA administrator Rick Spinrad said.

Il ajouta: “NOAA will continue to provide the science and services that are foundational to keeping communities prepared for any threatening storm.”

Axios reports that last year the season saw 30 named storms of which 13 were hurricanes. Seven were reported to have been “major” hurricanes of at least Category 3 intensity.

Atlantic sea surface temperatures are also not expected to be as warm as they were during the “record-breaking 2020 season”, the NOAA’s report says.

“Now is the time for families and communities to ensure their preparations are in place,” said National Weather Service Director Louis W Uccellini said.

“These storms can be devastating, so be prepared for all possible outcomes by staying tuned to the forecast and following safety information and possible evacuation notifications issued by emergency officials.”

Axios says that the agency typically updates its outlook as the peak of the hurricane season begins across August, September and October.

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