Hurricane season outlook
Forecasters are now predicting a higher likelihood of an above normal hurricane season and could be the most active since 2010.
Forecasters now say there is a 60 percent chance of an above normal season compared to the May prediction of 45 percent chance. Members of NOAA also have between 14 to 19 named storms which increased from the May predicted range of 11 to 17.
Harrison County Emergency Management officials tell News 25 the best action to take now is to prepare. Harrison County Emergency Management Director Rupert Lacy said, “This is really when people need to be prepared and pretty weather savvy that as we watch storms and if it looks like it’s going to have an impact then they have a plan and they can move out of harm’s way into a safer location.”
In just the first nine weeks of this season there have been six named storms. That is half the number of storms during an average six month season and double the number of storms that would typically form by early August.