Some of the more extreme predictions of this year’s hurricane season appear to be coming true.
Today, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in the United States upgraded their hurricane forecast and said that the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season will be “extremely active.”
An average hurricane season produces 12 named storms. NOAA predicts 19 to 25 named storms this season. Seven to 11 storms are predicted to become hurricanes and three to six of those forecast to be major hurricanes of Category 3 or stronger. An average season produces only 12 named storms.
The Canadian Hurricane Centre originally said its predictions were the same as NOAA. It’s yet to be seen if the Canadian Hurricane Centre will update their forecast.
Canadians were advised to prepare early for hurricane season this year by the Canadian Hurricane Centre. With social distancing measures in place and limits on capacity in stores, a rush in the day before a storm lands will leave many unprepared.
It only takes one storm like it did with Hurricane Dorian to impact Nova Scotia. She made landfall in Nova Scotia as a strong Category 1 in 2019. Nova Scotia Power said Dorian cost the company $39 million while Hurricane Juan in 2003 cost the company $14 million.
Many in Halifax and beyond remember the infamous crane collapse off Spring Garden Road in the city’s downtown at the height of Dorian. That collapse lead to a localized state of emergency in the blocks around the collapse and lasted almost two months while the crane was removed.