NOAA Anticipates an Above-Normal 2011 Hurricane Season

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), an “above-normal hurricane season” is expected for the Atlantic Basin this year. The six-month hurricane season, which began on June 1, is projected to have a 70% probability of producing numerous Named Storms (top winds of 39mph or higher). These Named Storms are made up of Hurricanes (top winds of 74 mph or higher) and Major Hurricanes (winds of at least 111 mph). This outlook exceeds the seasonal average of 11 named storms. 

According to NOAA Administrator, Jane Lubchenco, Ph.D., although we were lucky last year because “winds steered most of the season’s tropical storms and all hurricanes away from our coastlines”, she adds that “we can’t count on luck to get us through this season”. Due to the above statistics, FEMA Administrators stress how vital it is for everyone to be prepared for what may lie ahead. “Now is the time, if you haven’t already, to get your plan together for what you and your family would do if disaster strikes,” said FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate.

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