Last updated on May 16, 2017 at 02:40 pm
The 2016 Atlantic hurricane season is expected to produce 10 to 16 named storms and up to 8 hurricanes, according to the latest forecast.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center said the forecast for this year is considered “near normal.”
“A near-normal prediction for this season suggests we could see more hurricane activity than we’ve seen in the last three years, which were below normal,” said Gerry Bell, lead seasonal hurricane forecaster with NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, in a statement.
Forecasters are having a difficult time with this year’s predictions because of uncertainty in climate signals, NOAA said. However, the agency is predicting a 70% chance that La Niña — which favors more hurricane activity — will be present during the peak months of hurricane season, August through October.
Since each storm system is different, New Jersey residents won’t know how this year’s season will affect them until storms develop. In the meantime, the best thing to do is proactively prepare, which is essential to staying safe during severe weather.
Start preparing for hurricane season today with these tips from Plymouth Rock Assurance. Included in the tips are:
- How to get started building an emergency kit
- What important documents to gather
- The foundation for a family emergency communication plan
Plymouth Rock carefully plans ahead for severe weather events. If we have your email address, you can expect frequent email updates from us ahead of expected severe weather and we will continually post updates to our Facebook and Twitter pages.
Do you have any preparation tips to share? Share them in the comments.
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