US could be hit with 9 major hurricanes this year, experts say

Hurricane season may be more turbulent than usual with as many as nine severe storms expected to hit the US this year, according to experts.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration warned Thursday that “above-normal hurricane activity” has been predicted for hurricane season, which will run until Nov. 30.

In the forecast, five to nine hurricanes are expected to hit stateside, with at least two of those classified as “major hurricanes.”

There are also 10 to 17 named storms — which have winds of 39 miles per hour or greater — anticipated for the region.

On average during the season, there are 12 named storms, of which six escalate to hurricanes, according to NOAA.

The latest forecast comes as NOAA updated their seasonal predictions to reflect that the likelihood of an above-normal Atlantic hurricane season was at 45 percent — up from the 35 percent figure forecasted three months ago.

“Today’s updated outlook is a reminder to be prepared,” said Pete Gaynor, acting FEMA administrator, in a statement. “We urge everyone to learn more about hurricane hazards and prepare now, ahead of time, so that if state and local authorities announce evacuations in advance of a storm, you and your family will have planned where to go and what to do to stay safe.”

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