Atlantic Hurricane Season

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With hurricane season just around the corner, experts say it’s time to prepare, not just by assembling a kit and making an evacuation plan, but by pruning your trees.

Hurricane Dorian damage on Tybee
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The 2019 Atlantic hurricane season has come to an end with minimal damage to Georgia.

There were three major hurricanes this season including Dorian.

September Brings Peak Hurricane Activity

Sep 19, 2019

The month of September may mean the end of summer, but it's only the midway point for meteorologists tracing the latest hurricane developments of 2019. Just after mid month, we're up to 10 named storms this season.

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Forecasters predict a more active hurricane season this year, now that the El Nino weather pattern has ended. Current predictions estimate as many as 10 to 17 possible named storms.

Getting accurate models of a hurricane’s path plays a big part in coastal communities’ ability to stay safe.

Researchers at the University of Georgia aim to improve the precision of these models by launching underwater autonomous gliders to collect data from the briny deep.


Forecasters now say we could be in for a more active hurricane season than they originally predicted. 


The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says the El Niño weather pattern, which suppresses hurricane activity, has ended. That means it's more likely this hurricane season will be above normal.


Forecasters are now predicting 10 to 17 named storms this season. An average season has 12.

Astronaut Ricky Arnold, from aboard the International Space Station, shared this image of Hurricane Florence on Sept. 10, taken as the orbiting laboratory flew over the massive storm.
Ricky Arnold / NASA

Forecasters at the National Hurricane Center monitor storm systems in the ocean long before they threaten land, and often identify tropical cyclones long before they become hurricanes.

Storms like this only get names once they reach the level of a tropical storm, which have sustained wind speeds of 39 to 73 mph.