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2012 Hurricane Watch

2012 Hurricane Watch

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This is the American Press' Hurricane Watch 2012 special section. It was printed earlier in the year and is now available free in digital form.
This is the American Press' Hurricane Watch 2012 special section. It was printed earlier in the year and is now available free in digital form.

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By The Associated Press
MIAMI — U.S. forecasterspredicted May 24 that thisyear’s Atlantic hurricaneseason would produce anormal number of about nineto 15 tropical storms, with asmany as four to eight of thosebecoming hurricanes.The National Oceanic andtmospheric Administrationreleased its initial outlookfor the six-month storm sea-son that officially began June1. One to three storms couldbecome major hurricaneswith top winds of 111 mph orhigher.Though this season isn’texpected to be as busy as lastyear’s above-average season,federal officials warnedcoastal residents to startstocking up on hurricanesupplies and forming evacua-tion plans anyway.“That’s still a lot of activ-ity. So just because we’re pre-dicting a near-normal seasondoesn’t mean anybody’s off the hook at all,” said GerryBell, the lead seasonal fore-caster at NOAA’s ClimatePrediction Center. Atmospheric and marineconditions indicating a high-activity era that began in1995 for Atlantic hurricanescontinue, Bell said.However, the weatherphenomenon known as ElNino, which warms Pacificwaters near the equator andincreases wind shear overthe Atlantic, may developby the late summer or earlyfall and help suppress stormdevelopment.“Our range (of expectedstorms) is a bit wider thisyear because of this inherentuncertainty right now basedon the best guidance we haveas to whether El Nino willform or not,” Bell said.This season got an earlystart when Tropical Storm Alberto formed off the coastof South Carolina. Albertodissipated over the Atlantic. Alberto was unusual forbeing a small storm thatformed in a small area favor-able for storm development,but the weather conditionsas spring transitions intosummer sometimes producetropical systems, said BillRead, director of the Nation-al Hurricane Center.Forecasters name tropicalstorms when their top windsreach 39 mph; hurricaneshave maximum winds of atleast 74 mph. The next namedstorm will be named Chris.No major hurricane hasmade a U.S. landfall in thelast six years, since Hurri-cane Wilma cut across SouthFlorida in 2005. This Augustwill mark the 20th anniver-sary of Hurricane Andrew’scatastrophic landfall inSouth Florida as a Category5 storm. The season thatspawned Andrew started lateand produced a total of justsix named storms.“It takes one storm tocome ashore, regardless of the intensity of the season,to create a disaster,” saidFederal Emergency Man-agement Agency’s deputyadministrator for protectionand national preparedness,Tim Manning.The seasonal average is 11named storms, six hurricanesand two major hurricanes.The 2011 hurricane season,one of the busiest on recordwith 19 named storms, pro-duced Irene, one of the costli-est storms in U.S. history.Irene killed at least 47 inthe U.S. and at least eightmore in the Caribbean andCanada as it followed a rarepath up the Eastern sea-board from North Carolina,across the Mid-Atlantic andnear New York City.Flooding from the stormwas the most destructiveevent to hit Vermont inalmost a century, killing sixpeople and leaving hundredshomeless while damaging ordestroying hundreds of milesof roads, scores of bridgesand hundreds of homes.Hurricane season ends Nov.30, and the peak period forhurricane activity runs from August through October.
NOAA’s National HurricaneCenter: http://www.hurricanes.gov
Forecasters predict 9 to 15 storms this hurricane season
AlbertoBerylChrisDebby ErnestoFlorenceGordonHeleneIsaacJoyceKirkLeslieMichaelNadineOscarPatty RafaelSandy Tony ValerieWilliam
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“... Just becausewe’re predicting anear-normal seasondoesn’t meananybody’s off thehook at all.”
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