Hurricane tracker: ‘Prepare your family’ Peak of hurricane season to be worse this year
HURRICANE season is well underway, with powerful storms developing in both the Pacific and the Atlantic Ocean since early June.
According to officials, the 2019 season could be worse than usual.
By LIAM DOYLE
PUBLISHED: 06:53, Wed, Aug 14, 2019 | UPDATED: 18:28, Wed, Aug 14, 2019
Hurricane trackers are expecting a worse than usual season for 2019 in the US, with five percent more storms than previously predicted. Hurricane season started on June 25 this year with Hurricane Alvin and is likely to continue until November.
The most recent system was Hurricane Erick, which stormed towards Hawaii with winds topping 130mph as a category 4 system. Officials believe another nine hurricanes could be on the way.
The US will start to see most of its hurricanes after August 15, when 80 percent hurricanes form in any given season.
Hurricanes are not the only threat on the cards this year, however, as some 10 to 17 named storms could also develop.
Named storms, officially categorised as ‘tropical storms’ spin with lower wind speeds of roughly 39 to 73mph, but can still cause devastating damage.
Tropical Storm Allison, which made landfall in Houston during June 2001, killed 41 people and incurred $9 billion (£7.4 billion) worth of damages.
Environmental officials have come out to warn the public about the incoming active season.
Pete Gaynor, acting FEMA administrator, said people must “prepare now” for hurricane hazards.
He said in a statement: “Today’s updated outlook is a reminder to be prepared.
“We urge everyone to learn more about hurricane hazards and prepare now, ahead of time, so that if state and local authorities announce evacuations in advance of a storm, you and your family will have planned where to go and what to do to stay safe.”