The next few months are expected to be “extremely active” in terms of storm development in the Atlantic.
In its annual August update, the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) says oceanic conditions are primed to fuel storm development.
It says while the average Hurricane Season produces 12 named storms, including six hurricanes, of which three become major hurricanes, this year could be different.
The updated outlook calls for 19-25 named storms, of which 7-11 will become hurricanes, including 3-6 major hurricanes (winds of 111 mph or greater).
This update covers the entire six-month hurricane season, which ends November 30th.
For far for 2020, there have been a record-setting nine named storms.
Historically, only two named storms form on average by early August, with the ninth named storm typically forming by October.