According to foreign media the verge, the Atlantic hurricane season will officially start on June 1, which will be a big trouble.The U.S. National Hurricane Center tweeted that the hurricane season has officially begun, and predicted that the probability of forming a tropical depression over the Campeche region of the Gulf of Mexico this week is 80%.
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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) last week predicted a 60% chance that the hurricane season would be worse than normal. It looks like there could be as many as 19 named storms, including as many as six major hurricanes. An average hurricane season usually consists of about 12 named storms, three of which are large.
Of course, the situation in 2020 is more special. The covid-19 pandemic has the potential to make any adverse weather event, from heat waves to hurricanes, more difficult to prepare for and respond to.
"Social evacuation and other CDC guidance to protect you from the impact of covid-19 may affect your preparedness plan, including what's in your toolkit, evacuation routes, shelters, and so on," Carlos Castillo, Acting Deputy Director of disaster resilience at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), said in a statement. "With tornado season at its peak and hurricane season approaching, floods, earthquakes and wildfires are likely to occur throughout the year, it's time to revise and adjust your contingency plan."
More than 60 percent of the 70 coastal counties it surveyed are still planning a hurricane shelter in late May, the Associated Press reported Sunday. Shelters and evacuation measures will need to be redesigned to limit the potential spread of the disease in typically dense, enclosed areas. Vox reports that this will be a severe test for medical facilities, emergency systems and the government budget, which has been almost stretched during the pandemic. The States also rely on older volunteers, which will be cut by nearly half this year as those more vulnerable to covid-19 stay at home, the New York Times reported.
Last month, "Arthur" and "Bertha" two storms have been generated in advance. It's not just hurricanes that arrive early. Overall, they've become stronger over the past 40 years, as a new NOAA study confirmed in May. Hurricanes get their power from heat, and because of climate change, there is more heat to fuel them.