2018 Hurricane Season Is Predicted To Be Nearly As Busy As 2017 That Inflicted $282 Billion In Damages
The catastrophic Atlantic hurricane season of 2017 inflicted an estimated $282.37 billion in total damages in the Caribbean and United States. Many are hoping for a far less nightmarish 2018 Atlantic hurricane season, but the latest forecasts say that 2018 may be nearly as active as last year. Colorado State University, widely regarded as the nation’s top seasonal hurricane forecasters and have been forecasting hurricane seasons for the last 35 years, have predicted that the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season will be nearly as busy as 2017.
Meteorologist Phil Klotzbach and other weather experts from Colorado State University predict that 14 named tropical storms, seven of which will become hurricanes. Both of these numbers would be considered “above average” with the typical numbers being 12 tropical storms and six hurricanes. In 2017 there were 17 tropical storms and 10 that strengthened into hurricanes including devastating monsters such as Harvey, Irma, and Maria. Of the seven hurricanes predicted, three are expected to transform into major hurricanes that are either category 3, 4 or 5. The most active Atlantic hurricane season on record came in 2005 with 28 named storms, including apocalyptic-like Katrina.