NOAA predicts another busy hurricane season
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SETH BORENSTEIN
AP Science Writer

COLLEGE PARK, MD (AP) -- Federal forecasters are predicting yet another busy hurricane season.

Thursday's outlook calls for 13 to 20 named storms, 7 to 11 that strengthen into hurricanes and 3 to 6 that become major hurricanes.

The prediction by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is more than what's considered an average Atlantic season.

Last year was the third-busiest on record with 19 named storms. Ten became hurricanes and were two major storms, with winds over 111 mph.

That included Sandy, which caused $50 billion in damage even though it lost hurricane status when it made landfall in New Jersey.

The last time a major hurricane made landfall in the United States was Wilma in 2005. The seven year U.S. landfall drought is the longest on record.

The six-month season starts June 1.

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Is that why my wind and hail coverage is going up in 6 weeks some 8.9%...to cover this crystal ball call...Y'all?
WOW!!! Thank goodness...just in time huh for the BIG ONE!!!!!
PS: What's this going to do to the housing market sales since we are ranked #1 now here?
You better delete one of these stories WWAY.

1. http://www.wwaytv3.com/2013/05/23/wilmington-ranked-among-best-housing-m...

2. http://www.wwaytv3.com/2013/05/23/noaa-predicts-another-busy-hurricane-s...

This is such a joke. I have been here close to the ocean since 04.One hurricane in that same year Cat 1. My insurance has tripled since then and have not made a claim in 9 yrs.

I hear you on this one
A few comments from the article:
"Last year was the third-busiest on record with 19 named storms. Ten became hurricanes and were two major storms, with winds over 111 mph."
Yep it was interesting to watch but not one hurricane made landfall. Sandy was TS when it hit Jersey.

"The last time a major hurricane made landfall in the United States was Wilma in 2005. The seven year U.S. landfall drought is the longest on record."
This is the other shoe dropping IMHO. I'm not one to take chances so I have a hurricane kit and food stockpile and I'm religious about replacing batteries etc every year.
I'm not saying we will get hit this year, but obviously we're overdue here in Wilmington.

I'm getting better prepared

Vog

"Overdue in Wilmington"? Hurricanes? I don't think so. I've been through my share over the years. For a time there, if a system formed off the African coast 3000 miles away, it would be predicted to hit the ballglove of Wilmington...and did so.

I'm not scapping my kit either, but to your point, let's say Charleson, or Savannah or Hilton Head or Jacksonville or Beaufort or Kiawah Island , or Portsmouth Island are long "overdue". It hasn't been fun dealing with the target reticle focused on the Cape Fear region.

There's over 3000 mile of coastal landing opportunites along the east coast. Lets scatter these hurricane landings out a bit, huh?

It is not a joke that they are predicting an active season. However, predicting an active season in no way indicates if any will come our way. I do think it is ridiculous that our insurance goes up whether any hurricanes hit here or not.

You need to go back where you came from.

Leroy, Just pointing out the storms predicted usually do not lead to anything. I am guessing by your statement you think I came from up north. Wrong. Asheville NC. Making the point that Asheville has more damage from storms than Wilmington and the homeowners do not get the same increases we do. Something tells me you do not pay property taxes or homeowners insurance because you would be just as upset.

It would probably be a good idea if WWAY had some sort of aptitude test to take before you were allowed to post.

Oh but I do, maybe more than you, I also use my real name. Not like you fake name key board tough guys.I'm heading to the mountains this summer, Need a ride?

"It would probably be a good idea if WWAY had some sort of aptitude test to take before you were allowed to post." (Unquote)
If that were the case...with the testing and all...then a lot of 1/2 (half) written stories would never make it to print either :-(
Yes...and in 1989, Hugo did tear up the Piedmont quite a bit...and Wilmington came away clean for the most part.
Insurance Increases Are Indigenous to the Coast, and don't we know it! No one I know in the Piedmont area has to purchase wind and hail...and tornadoes are a common factor up there this time of the year. It's true...there is wind and hail inside of tornadoes!!