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2020 Hurricane Season Projections

Hurricane season is upon us, running from June 1st through November 30th. The forecasters at the National Oceanic andAtmospheric Administration (NOAA, a division of the National Weather Service)are predicting this to be an above-average season. NOAA’s Climate PredictionCenter has provided their projections below with a 70% confidence rating.Average numbers are estimated at 12 named storms, with 6 becoming hurricanes and 3 escalating to major hurricanes.

The graphic below shows the cyclone names chosen by the World MeteorologistOrganization for 2020. Arthur occurred as an early storm in May.

Louisiana meets this season in uncharted waters due to the recent Covid-19 pandemic. While we are unsure of the continued effects of this pandemic, Governor Edwards is encouraging everyone in the state to create a game plan “…so, you and your family can be in the best possible position to withstand a hurricane." He said that the state recognizes that additional measures will need to be taken to promote safety from the storm and virus, including offering personal protective equipment, opening more shelters to assist in social distancing and providing additional medical personnel in shelters.

It is never too late to start a disaster preparedness plan for you and your loved ones. Take the time now to write down your hurricane plan. Know evacuation orders for your area, determine locations on where you will ride out the storm, and start to get your supplies now. It is also important to organize your important documents and be able to access them quickly if needed. Check out the Hurricane Safety Tips and Resources from the National Weather Service to learn more about how you can properly prepare.