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2016 Hurricane Season in Florida

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The 11 Year Hurricane Free stake might end this year

In October, there will be 11 years since the Hurricane Wilma ruined South Florida. No other landfalling hurricane of category 3 or higher was record since then. Well, this stake might break this year, actually it might break this week.

The Atlantic hurricane season begins in June and ends in late November. The peak period could begin in August and last until October. Usually, there are around 12 tropical storms with sustained winds of 39 mph, half of them are turning into hurricanes with 74 mph winds and 3 of them turn into category 3 major hurricanes with winds reaching 111 mph. On average, the US East coast  is typically hit by one to two hurricanes and 40 percent of them hit Florida.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said that this season will be an almost normal one, with 10 to 16 named storms, 4 to 8 hurricanes and 1 to 4 major hurricanes. Also they reported that a tropical wave near Leeward Island was gaining in size and now it has 50 percent chances of growing into Tropical Storm Hermine.

Dr. Jeff Masters from Weather Underground said: “Conditions for development will steadily improve in the coming days, and the storm could be trouble for the Bahama Islands late this week — and is a threat to make landfall along the U.S. East Coast early next week”.

To investigate the 99L storm, NOAA sent an Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter plane. Now the storm has a speed of 15 to 20 mph and it’s moving to the Northwest, building up a core of thunderstorms at the center.

Now the storm could stall on a dry Saharan air area or it could be blocked by the Hispaniola Mountains. If it will survive this path, the storm could intensify before colliding with Florida. "The steering situation is too complex next week to say how great a threat the storm may pose to the U.S., but 99L is a legitimate threat to make landfall along the East Coast,” said Jeff Masters.

So whatever the situation, make sure that you have water and food supplies.

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