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It only takes one: 'Above average' hurricane season expected for 2020

Posted at 8:54 PM, May 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-29 20:54:36-04

(WTXL) — Kate, Earl, Hermine and Michael. Each of these Florida Panhandle hurricanes happened during busy seasons.

Having a high number of developing tropical systems can increase the odds of some of them reaching a point on the broad U.S. coast line, but history has shown us that only takes one to reach a point near us to leave a devastating effect.

Most Atlantic seasons since 1995 have been active and this season appears to be no exception.

The season's outlook water temperature in the Gulf and part of the Atlantic have been generally warmer than average since mid-winter and over these developments, zones are expected to be weaker.

Over 20 organizations analyze observations and model projections before and during each hurricane season to gauge their best idea on just how many storms could form.

The expected outcome is nearly unanimous. An average of these forecasts predicts 17 named storms, eight hurricanes and four major hurricanes for the 2020 season.

Highlighting which parts of the U.S. coast are more likely to get a hurricane landfall is more challenging.

That being said, if you live at or near the coast line like many of us already do, each and every season provides an opportunity for a tropical storm or hurricane strike no matter how many or how few of them are expected to form.