(TAMPA, Fl) – Hurricanes are among nature’s most powerful natural disasters. With destructive flood waters and winds that could exceed 150 miles per hour, it only takes one storm to dramatically change the landscape of a community. The state of Florida has a long history of hurricanes and tropical storms making landfall. All Florida residents and visitors must ensure they have a plan in place to keep their families, loved ones, and property safe well before the next hurricane strikes. This page includes life-saving information and external resources that will prepare you, your family or your business for the threat of tropical storms.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is predicting an above-normal 2017 Hurricane Season with five to nine hurricanes (minimum 74 mph winds), of which two to four will be Category 3 or stronger (minimum 111 mph winds). The forecast calls for a total of 11 to 17 tropical systems (minimum 39 mph winds).
The Atlantic Hurricane Season begins June 1 and runs until Nov. 30.
The weakness or absence of storm-suppressing El Nino climate conditions, above-normal ocean surface temperatures and average or weaker vertical wind shear across the Caribbean and Atlantic coast indicate it will be an active hurricane season, said Ben Friedman, acting NOAA administrator.
Forecasters say there’s a 45 percent chance of an above-normal hurricane season and only a 20 percent chance it will be below average.
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