Officially, Hurricane season starts on June 1st, but the National Hurricane Center is already monitoring a disturbance in the Atlantic. The disturbance extends a couple hundred miles northeast of the Bahamas, according to NHC forecasters. It's expected to move generally north-northeastward over the southwestern Atlantic at 5 to 10 mph during the next couple of days.
Last year the first hurricane of the season also formed in late May.
Researchers predict that there will be 13 named storms in the Atlantic region, including six hurricanes, two of which would be major, in the upcoming season.
Thanks to the University of Florida there are several ways to stay alert to possible storms:
UF’s Severe Weather Updates website provides the latest information on weather alerts and resources to help you prepare for hurricane season.
You can also monitor the UF Public Safety Twitter feed, and the Florida Public Radio Emergency Network offers a free Florida Storms app for iPhone or Android to stay informed about potential weather and other hazards.
UF’s Emergency Management website also provides a wealth of hurricane preparedness information and resources, including hurricane tracking.
IFAS also provides a Disaster Preparation and Recovery website with information on how to protect yourself and family.
The 2022 Atlantic hurricane season produced a number of damaging hurricanes that killed over 100 people and caused over $50 billion in damages, even despite its more muted statistics compared to recent years. The season produced 14 named storms, eight of which became hurricanes and two of which reached at least Category 3 status.
Though this season is predicted be just ‘normal’, with an ‘El Nino’ in the works, the season could be unpredictable.