Hurricane season HELL to devastate US with 15 tropical storms – TWO major ‘direct impacts’

Monday, May 28, 2018
By Paul Martin

THE USA has been warned to batten down the hatches for “direct impacts” from at least five category 3 or above hurricanes and 19 tropical storms forecast to cause “massive damage”.

By Joshua Nevett
28th May 2018

Two major category 5 hurricanes, Irma and Maria, ploughed through the Gulf of Mexico, the Caribbean and the US west coast during 2017’s extremely active Atlantic storm season, leaving a trail of destruction in their wake.

On top of Irma and Maria, powerful category 4 hurricane Harvey inflicted $125billion worth of damage, mostly from catastrophic flooding in Houston, Texas, between August and September last year.

The devastation from 17 named storms, 10 hurricanes and 6 six major hurricanes reached near apocalyptic proportions in some regions, causing an estimated $282billion worth of damage.

It was the fifth-most active hurricane season since records began in 1851 and the worst in almost 100 years, killing an estimated 1,400 people.

Weather experts have released their predictions ahead of the 2018 Atlantic Ocean hurricane season, which officially runs from June 1 to November 30.

Forecasters for AccuWeather and Global Weather Cycles and Oscillations told Daily Star Online they are both predicting an above-average season – the third in a row.

Up to nine hurricanes and four “major” depressions with sustained winds of at least 100mph have been predicted by US government, The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

In an average season, the Atlantic Basin will experience 12 tropical storms, six hurricanes, and two major hurricanes.

Latest models show between three to four Category 3 hurricanes could form during the season, according to Tyler Roys, forecaster for AccuWeather.

A tropical cyclone must have winds above 111mph to be classified as a category 3 hurricane.

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