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NOAA calls for 'extremely active' hurricane season with 19 to 25 named storms

Forecasters say it has 'the potential to be one of the busiest on record'
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Posted at 11:27 AM, Aug 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-06 17:09:03-04

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration updated its outlook for the 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season on Thursday and now says we could be in for an "extremely active" season.

NOAA is now predicting:

  • 19 to 25 named storms
  • 7 to 11 hurricanes
  • 3 to 6 major hurricanes (winds of 111 mph or greater)

We've already had a record-setting nine named storms this season, and according to NOAA, it has "the potential to be one of the busiest on record."

Forecasters said that historically, the ninth named storm doesn't form until early October. But we're already two months ahead of that.

"This is one of the most active seasonal forecasts that NOAA has produced in its 22-year history of hurricane outlooks," said U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. "NOAA will continue to provide the best possible science and service to communities across the nation for the remainder of hurricane season to ensure public readiness and safety. We encourage all Americans to do their part by getting prepared, remaining vigilant, and being ready to take action when necessary."

Last weekend, Tropical Storm Isaias pushed up the east coast of Florida, sparing Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast from any major damage.

The next named storm during the 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season will be Josephine.

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Scripps National Desk
1:29 PM, Dec 17, 2018

2020 STORM NAMES

Arthur

Bertha

Cristobal

Dolly

Edouard

Fay

Gonzalo

Hanna

Isaias

Josephine

Kyle

Laura

Marco

Nana

Omar

Paulette

Rene

Sally

Teddy

Vicky

Wilfred

TERMS TO KNOW

TROPICAL STORM WATCH: An announcement that tropical storm conditions (sustained winds of 39 to 73 mph) are possible within the specified coastal area within 48 hours.

TROPICAL STORM WARNING: An announcement that tropical storm conditions (sustained winds of 39 to 73 mph) are expected within the specified coastal area within 36 hours.

HURRICANE WATCH: An announcement that hurricane conditions (sustained winds of 74 mph or higher) are possible somewhere within the specified coastal area. A hurricane watch is issued 48 hours in advance of the anticipated onset of tropical-storm-force winds.

HURRICANE WARNING: An announcement that hurricane conditions (sustained winds of 74 mph or higher) are expected somewhere within the specified coastal area. A hurricane warning is issued 36 hours in advance of the anticipated onset of tropical-storm-force winds.