NOAA predicts hurricane season to be 'extremely active'

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- The tropics remain quiet for now, but forecasters with NOAA's Climate Prediction Center, a division of the National Weather Service, said Thursday an "extremely active" hurricane season is possible for the Atlantic.

The agency released its annual August update to the Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook, initially issued in May.

So far, the season has been off to a rapid pace, with a record-setting nine named storms already. Historically, only two named storms form on average by early August.

The ninth named storm typically doesn't form until Oct. 4.

The updated outlook calls for 19-25 named storms (winds of 39 mph or greater), of which 7-11 will become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or greater), including 3-6 major hurricanes (winds of 111 mph or greater). The update covers the entire six-month hurricane season, which started June 1 and ends Nov. 30.
During hurricane season, remain prepared and make sure you download our ABC13 Houston app!

Meanwhile, a tropical wave is located several hundred miles off the coast of Africa. Slow development of this system is possible during the next couple of days as it moves slowly westward. However, environmental conditions are expected to become less favorable for development.

Here are some resources that may help in preparation for hurricane season:
  • Pick up the ABC13 Hurricane Tracking Guide at your local Kroger. Most Krogers already have them stocked. Just look for your friendly cardboard cutout of Travis Herzog near the entrance.

During hurricane season, remain prepared and make sure you download our ABC13 Houston app!
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