Hurricanes matter to those of us who own properties along the Gulf Coast, Hawaii, and the East Coast. If you own a second home or timeshare in a Gulf Coast or East Coast state you have reasons to be concerned. Hurricanes are not only destructive to homes, business, and property – they often disrupt millions of peoples plans for summertime vacation travel. So the forecasters start to line up this time of year.
Weather.com has this quote from NOAA: “The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has released their forecast for the 2011 huricane season. Forecasters are expecting another active season with between 12 and 18 named storms, 6 to 10 hurricanes and 3 to 6 major hurricanes.”
We had an “active” season last year but most of the storms turned north and curved back out into the Atlantic Ocean. So there were a lot of storms but little damage. Remember 1992 and Hurricane Andrew? The season only produced six named storms and one subtropical storm. However, one of those named storms was Hurricane Andrew, which devastated South Florida as a Category 5 hurricane.
So regardless of the predictions by the scientists and meteorologists, hurricanes have a mind of their own and their ultimate landfall is hard to predict.