Graphic shows the number of storms and hurricanes for the 2019 and 2020 seasons and for the average. It also shows the paths of the six hurricanes in 2019.
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Experts predict a very active hurricane season

By Jordi Bou

May 18, 2020 - The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season is expected to be more active than average, with 16 named tropical storms. Of those, researchers expect eight to become hurricanes and four to reach major hurricane strength.

As Tropical Storm Arthur moves up the U.S. coastline, forecasters worry that it is just the first domino to fall in a hurricane season that has the potential to mirror the worst ever.

Arthur became the first named storm of 2020 when it reached tropical storm status over the weekend.

This is the sixth year in a row that a named storm has preceded the formal June 1 start of the hurricane season.

Due to a lack of an El Niño and warmer ocean water, researchers from Colorado State University anticipate the 2020 season could be more active than the 2019 hurricane season, which delivered devastating Hurricane Dorian, massive flooding from Tropical Storm Imelda and record-smashing Hurricane Lorenzo, among other storms.

PUBLISHED: 18/05/2020; STORY: Graphic News
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