U.S. hurricane forecasters updated their predictions for this year’s hurricane season Tuesday , and the outlook is not good news.
This year is already off to a record start with seven named storms and two major hurricanes.
The new forecast is for 14 more tropical storms and another nine hurricanes.
The forecasters say this year season may end up in the top 10 of all time for hurricanes, and the worst part of the season is still to come.
Experts say this pattern of storms may last for ten or twenty more years. Unusually warm water in the tropics is perfect right now for brewing the big storms.
Meteorologist Gerry Bell with NOAA says be prepared.
“We are expecting to see bigger storms in August and September than we’ve seen in the first part of 2005.”
The last time we had a big hurricane era was in the 1950s and 60s. During the quiet period that followed many sprawling coastal communities popped up in what has now become a hurricane target zone.