NOAA predicts up to 20 named Atlantic storms after $70 billion in damage last year

The East Coast may experience difficult times over the next few months as more severe-than-usual hurricane activity is forecast.

In 2022, 14 to 20 storms are expected that are strong enough to give the name to the National Hurricane Center (NHC), with up to 10 of them classified as hurricanes. These storms have winds in excess of 39 miles per hour, while hurricanes have winds in excess of 74 miles per hour.

Three storms have been named so far: Hurricane Bonnie and Tropical Storms Alex and Colin. While the NHC defines the Atlantic hurricane season as June 1 to November 30, major hurricanes usually don’t start until August.

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There are 14 to 20 storms expected in 2022 that are strong enough to name the National Hurricane Center (NHC), with up to 10 of them classified as hurricanes, as shown on the NOAA chart above.

So far, three storms have received named status this year: Hurricane Bonnie and Tropical Storms Alex and Colin.  Hurricane Zeta pictured above in the Gulf of Mexico in 2020.

So far, three storms have received named status this year: Hurricane Bonnie and Tropical Storms Alex and Colin. Hurricane Zeta pictured above in the Gulf of Mexico in 2020.

In August 2021, Hurricane Ida hit Louisiana with winds up to 150 miles per hour, damaging thousands of homes and cutting off power to millions of people.  The image above shows NOAA's forecast for the 2022 Atlantic hurricane season.

In August 2021, Hurricane Ida hit Louisiana with winds up to 150 miles per hour, damaging thousands of homes and cutting off power to millions of people. The image above shows NOAA’s forecast for the 2022 Atlantic hurricane season.

“While the start of the hurricane season has been relatively slow and there have been no major storms in the Atlantic, this is not unusual and therefore we cannot afford to let our guard down,” FEMA Administrator Dean Criswell said in a statement. “This is especially important as we enter the peak of hurricane season – the next Ida or Sandy may still be waiting.”

In recent years, there has been a significant surge in hurricanes over the Atlantic. Last year was the third busiest on record, with 21 storms strong enough to be named, including seven hurricanes.

This was the first time on record that there were enough storms to pass through the entire alphabet for two consecutive years (the annual list of names does not include names beginning with the letters Q, U, X, Y, or Z). This is a marked increase from 1991 to 2020, which averaged 14 named storms per year.

In August 2021, Hurricane Ida hit Louisiana with winds up to 150 miles per hour, damaging thousands of homes and cutting off power to millions of people. According to government statistics, Ida killed 96 people and caused $75 billion in damage, making it the costliest natural disaster of the year in the US.

“Communities and families should prepare now for the remainder of what is expected to be an active hurricane season,” National Weather Service director Ken Graham said in a statement. There were 21 named storms last year (as seen above).

Shirley Andrus looks into her car, which was crushed by a fallen tree as Hurricane Laura passed through the area August 28, 2020 in Lake Charles, Louisiana.

Shirley Andrus looks into her car, which was crushed by a fallen tree as Hurricane Laura passed through the area August 28, 2020 in Lake Charles, Louisiana.

Officials have warned that anyone living near the coast should be prepared for the possibility of severe storms.  Above: Severe flooding from Hurricanes Eta and Iota in Honduras.

Officials have warned that anyone living near the coast should be prepared for the possibility of severe storms. Above: Severe flooding from Hurricanes Eta and Iota in Honduras.

“Communities and families need to prepare for the remainder of what will still be active hurricane season,” National Weather Service director Ken Graham said in a speech. statement.

“Make sure you’re prepared to take action if a hurricane threatens your area by developing an evacuation plan and gathering hurricane supplies now before the storm hits your community.”

Although NHC forecasts do not predict possible landfalls, Matthew Rosenkrans, head of seasonal forecasts at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, told DailyMail.com that in excess years, the United States typically sees a doubling of the number of hurricanes that make landfall from Miami. in Maine.

Criswell warned that coastal residents should start preparing for what could happen.

Just 20 minutes of advance preparation can make a huge difference when a major storm approaches the coast, Rosenkrans says.

“They have to make sure they have boxes ready with all their really important documents. They need to make sure their insurance plan is up to date and discuss it with their family and loved ones,” he said.

The United States could double the number of hurricanes hitting the coast from Miami to Maine this year.  This satellite image shows Tropical Storm Dorian over the Bahamas.

The United States could double the number of hurricanes hitting the coast from Miami to Maine this year. This satellite image shows Tropical Storm Dorian over the Bahamas.

Officials say just 20 minutes of advance preparation can make a huge difference when a major storm approaches the coast.  Pictured: A truck was stuck on a flooded road after Hurricane Laura passed in Grand Lake south of Lake Charles, Louisiana.

Officials say just 20 minutes of advance preparation can make a huge difference when a major storm approaches the coast. Pictured: A truck was stuck on a flooded road after Hurricane Laura passed in Grand Lake south of Lake Charles, Louisiana.

The National Weather Service’s Climate Prediction Center puts an “above normal” chance of storm activity at 60 percent, a slight improvement from May, when the same forecasters estimated a 65 percent chance of an above-normal season.

While storm activity has been relatively calm so far, East Coasters shouldn’t fall into a false sense of security.

“I think we often get the feeling that it was relatively quiet in early August, even though the hurricane season started on June 1st, but the reality is that most of the storms are in the next two months,” Kevin Reed, Associate Dean at Stony Brook. This was reported to DailyMail.com at the University’s School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences.

“I like to put it in a different context, which is that it only takes one storm to make landfall in a certain area to make the season really spectacular.”

While climate systems are incredibly complex and influenced by many factors, Reid said the effects of climate change are being felt in the extreme strength of the storms seen in recent years.

“The average global temperature has increased by more than a degree Celsius, the temperature in the North Atlantic is warmer than it would be in the world without climate change,” he said.

“So when storms do happen, and there will be storms in the coming months, they are likely to be stronger, more rainfall than they would be, and they could have real consequences if they do make landfall.”