A new forecast says the 2017 hurricane season could be worse than normal — and the potential impact could be increasingly troublesome. Both the Weather Channel and the National Weather Service say the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season, which begins June 1 and ends Nov. 30, will be more active than usual, and the number of named storms and hurricanes should be higher than usual. The report conflicts with the 2017 Atlantic forecast released from Colorado State University, which says the number of named storms and hurricanes will likely be below historical averages.
A total of 14 named storms — seven hurricanes and three major hurricanes — are expected this season, which is higher than the 30-year average (1981-2010) for the Atlantic basin, according to The Weather Channel. It would be a slight drop from last year, when there were 15 named storms, seven hurricanes and four major hurricanes. A forecast released by the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) calls for:
- Eleven to 17 named storms – including April's Tropical Storm Arlene.
- Five to 9 of which would become hurricanes.
- Two to 4 of which would become major hurricanes.
While Norwalk has dealt with a few direct hits and near misses over the years- the most notable being Superstorm Sandy in 2012, storm surge and rising sea levels could cause devastating flooding.
The Atlantic Hurricane season begins of June 1 and ends on November 30. The season peaks each year between mid-August and mid-October, which is often the most active and dangerous time for tropical cyclone activity. Residents and businesses are reminded to prepare for Hurricanes and other severe weather by having a plan, building a kit and being informed. For information and resources to help prepare homes and families for the unexpected, visit www.ready.gov and #HurricaneStrong.
Throughout the year and especially during severe weather, the City uses CODERED to send storm information and updates to residents. To update or add a home or cell phone, text or email address, visit www.norwalkct.org and select the emergency notification link. Social media will also be used to provide safety information and updates. (Facebook: NorwalkOEM, Twitter: @Norwalk_OEM)