2018 Hurricane Outlook: More Active Than Usual

By IBM Watson Advertising

After a disastrous 2017 hurricane season that included storms like Harvey, Irma, and Maria, the United States isn’t likely to see much relief in 2018.

According to today’s forecast from the Colorado State University Tropical Meteorology Project, the number of named storms and hurricanes during the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season is expected to be above historical averages (though potentially less than last year).

Here’s what you can expect this season:

  • A total of 14 named storms – including 7 hurricanes and 3 major hurricanes
  • likelihood of El Niño during the heart of the hurricane season

While the number of storms doesn’t always correlate to how many of them make landfall in the U.S., businesses and consumers alike should prepare for severe weather, no matter the forecast. Even a weak tropical storm can have a major impact.

Wondering what’s driving this predicted increase in hurricane activity? Click here to find out more.

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