2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season begins today

The National Hurricane Center is forecasting an "above normal" season

WEST MONROE, La. - Good Thursday morning, today marks the first day of 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season!

Forecasters at the National Hurricane Center are forecasting an above normal hurricane season. They are predicting 11-17 named storms, 5-9 hurricanes, and 2-4 major hurricanes (category 3-5). Those numbers include Tropical Storm Arlene, already crossed off the list. Arlene formed out in the Atlantic in April, not impacting any land.

Part of the reason the NHC is predicting an above normal season is due to a weak or non-existent El Nino. An average season includes 12 named storms, six becoming hurricanes, and three major hurricanes.

The tropics are quiet right now, but it's always good to be prepared. Typically the bulk of activity in the tropics doesn't occur until late summer, and the season lasts until November 30th.

A hurricane has not made landfall in Louisiana since Category 1 Hurricane Isaac in 2012. Before that was Gustav, a Category 2 hurricane in 2008. Although it has been 5 years, you should always be prepared. It's a good idea to have a hurricane preparedness kit before a potential storms arrive. This will help maximize the safety and protection of your family, pets, and home!

The ArkLaMiss Storm Team will keep you updated daily with any activity in the tropics throughout the Hurricane Season. To stay up to date with the latest info, be sure to follow us on social media and download the KTVE KARD myarklamiss mobile phone app.


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