Higher than normal temperatures in the Atlantic, among other factors, hint at a busier than normal hurricane season. Indeed, the past three years have been fairly active as each of the past three seasons have produced 19 named storms. However, South Florida has been spared a direct hit from a major storm since Hurricane Wilma passed through South Florida in October of 2005.
Last year, Superstorm Sandy was the most memorable storm of the season causing $75 billion in damages just before the presidential election.
This year, forecasters are predicting the following:
16 total storms;
4 major hurricanes.
Predicting this season is also less predictable than in years past. The reason being is that this year there is no El Nino or La Nina.
The official hurricane season forecast by the National Hurricane Center comes out in late May, and hurricane season starts on June 1st.
It is never too early to start planning for hurricane season.