Early hurricane forecast predicts “slightly below normal” season
The 2019 hurricane forecast is out from the Department of Atmospheric Science at Colorado State University. The meteorologists at school in Fort Collins, Colorado say the 2019 hurricane season should be less active than recent years.
During an “average” Atlantic hurricane season there is the potential for about 12 named storms. Six of them usually develop into hurricanes with three of those becoming “major hurricanes” of the Category 3, 4, or 5 variety.
This year the experts at CSU are predicting a 28 percent chance of a major hurricane making landfall along the U.S. Gulf or Atlantic coasts. Their overall forecast calls for:
· 13 named storms.
· Five hurricanes.
· Two major hurricanes (Category 3, 4, or 5).
The official 2019 hurricane season begins June 1 and extends until November 30.
Should a hurricane threaten our area, Pensacola Bay Bridge” construction team will work diligently to “safe-up” the work zone and restore all available travel lanes to accommodate an evacuation.
While this early prediction is a bit more positive than usual the experts remind coastal residents that it “only takes one hurricane” to pose significant threat to life and property. Their advice is for everyone to start now creating a personal hurricane plan. Tips on developing a plan are available at www.ready.gov.