Hurricane experts are tweaking their forecast, and it's good news for Floridians.
Dr. Phil Klotzbach from Colorado State University is now predicting a "below-average" season because water temperatures in the Atlantic are colder than normal.After predicting 14 named storms at the start of the season, Klotzbach now estimates just 10 named systems will form this year with four of them becoming hurricanes.
He also predicts that only one major hurricane of category 3 or higher will form in the Atlantic.Regardless of the forecast, emergency managers urge everyone to prepare for storm season.
CSU updated Atlantic seasonal forecast & now calls for below-average season with 11 named storms (including Alberto), 4 #hurricanes & 1 major hurricane. Main reason for reduction is anomalous cooling in tropical Atlantic. #ElNino formation also possible https://t.co/a7YVTFTfhq pic.twitter.com/DFSzTzUZ3P— Philip Klotzbach (@philklotzbach) July 2, 2018
The Atlantic remains quiet, but the the East Pacific has a new hurricane! Fabio is now a hurricane and is forecast to continue to strengthen as it moves generally west-northwestward, away from land.https://t.co/XZO7pOadj0 pic.twitter.com/9w0tOWW6Ha— NWS (@NWS) July 2, 2018