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Forecast: 2013 hurricane season will be active

By Sonny Long
May 23, 2013 at 12:23 a.m.
Updated May 24, 2013 at 12:24 a.m.


2013 ATLANTIC HURRICANE NAMES

Andrea, Barry, Chantal, Dorian, Erin, Fernand, Gabrielle, Humberto, Ingrid, Jerry, Karen, Lorenzo, Melissa, Nestor, Olga, Pablo, Rebekah, Sebastien, Tanya, Van and Wendy

It looks like a busy hurricane season in 2013.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association forecasts that 2013 will be an above average year.

Jeb Lacey, Victoria emergency management coordinator, said preparedness is the key no matter the forecast.

"We'll obviously go through the same process we do every year and make sure the community is aware and geared up," Lacey said.

"We don't put a lot of emphasis on forecasts. It's going to be a busy season for someone no matter what.

"We will do what we can to make sure our residents are ready for any extreme weather."

For the six-month hurricane season, which begins June 1, NOAA's Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook predicts a 70 percent likelihood of 13 to 20 named storms with winds of 39 mph or higher, according to a news release from NOAA.

Seven to 11 of those storms could become hurricanes with winds of 74 mph or higher, including three to six major hurricanes ranging from Category 3, 4 or 5 with winds of 111 mph or higher.

These ranges are well above the seasonal average of 12 named storms, six hurricanes and three major hurricanes, according to the news release.

If you live in hurricane prone areas along the Atlantic Ocean or Gulf of Mexico, "This is your warning," acting NOAA administrator Kathryn Sullivan said.

Last year, the only storm to make it ashore in the U.S. as a hurricane was Isaac, which ended up in Louisiana at 80 mph after hitting the Caribbean region and threatening the Republican Party convention in Tampa, Fla.

The last major hurricane - Category 3 or stronger - to hit the mid-coast of Texas was Celia in 1970.

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