Atlantic storm warning given

2024-03-27T17:42:20+00:00 March 27th, 2024|Safety|

Global weather service, AccuWeather has warned people and businesses to start preparing for a frenzy of tropical activity that could have major impacts on the US this hurricane season.

The AccuWeather 2024 Atlantic Hurricane Season Forecast envisages 20 to 25 named storms during the period. Eight to 12 of those storms are forecast to strengthen into hurricanes, while four to six of these could directly impact the US.

“The 2024 Atlantic hurricane season is forecast to feature well above the historical average number of tropical storms, hurricanes, major hurricanes, and direct US impacts,” said AccuWeather Lead Hurricane Forecaster, Alex DaSilva.

“All indications are pointing toward a very active and potentially explosive Atlantic hurricane season in 2024.”

DaSilva also said that 2024 could go down in the record books.

“There is a 10 to 15% chance of 30 or more named storms this year. Surpassing 30 would break the record set in 2020,” he said.

Last year, 19 storms were named in the Atlantic basin, but only four had direct impacts in the US.

AccuWeather Chief Meteorologist, Jon Porter, said there is high confidence that that sea surface temperatures across the Atlantic basin will remain well above the historical average throughout the 2024 hurricane season.

“When you look back at historical sea surface temperature in the Atlantic’s main development region, recent average water temperatures jump off the chart. They are the highest observed this early in the season in the available records.

“This is a very concerning development considering this part of the Atlantic Ocean is where more than 80% of the storms form, which go on to become tropical storms or hurricanes,” he warned.