AccuWeather predicts busy hurricane season

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Hurricane Katrina shortly after landfall, August 29, 2005, as captured by NOAA's GOES-12 weather satellite.

Hurricane Katrina shortly after landfall, August 29, 2005, as captured by NOAA's GOES-12 weather satellite.

AccuWeather scientists are predicting an active 2020 season with meterologists calling for between 14 and 18 tropical storms.

Between seven and nine storms are forecast to become hurricanes, and as many as four are expected to strengthen into major hurricanes.

“It’s going to be an above-normal season,” said Dan Kottlowski, the company’s top hurricane expert, on the website. “On a normal year, we have around 12 storms, six hurricanes and roughly three major hurricanes.”

The season runs from June 1 to Nov. 30.

The 2019 season marked the fourth consecutive year of above-average activity in the basin and was tied with 1969 for the fourth most-active hurricane season on record.

Hurricanes Dorian, Lorenzo and Humberto and Tropical Storm Imelda were among the 18 named storms last year that caused more than $11 billion in damage.

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