Hurricanes: the 2013 season will be extremely active

The United States will have an active or extremely active hurricane season in 2013, according to NOAA's Climate Prediction Center.

The 2013 US hurricane season begins on the 1st June and NOAA's Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook tells us that there is a 70% likelihood of 13 to 20 named storms with winds of 39 mph or higher.

Of these storms, seven to 11 could become hurricanes with winds of 74 mph or higher. Three to six are forecast to become major hurricanes of Category 3, 4 or 5 with winds of 111 mph or higher.

The average of 12 named storms, six hurricanes and three major hurricanes will rise in the year 2013. Preparedness is compulsory for everyone.

"Oceanic and atmospheric conditions in the Atlantic basin are expected to produce more and stronger hurricanes. These conditions include weaker wind shear, warmer Atlantic waters and conducive winds patterns coming from Africa", says Gerry Bell, forecaster at NOAA's Climate Prediction Center.

The outlook for the Eastern and Central Pacific basins is for a below-normal hurricane season. To prepare for a hurricane, take the following measures:

1. Build an emergency kit
2. Know your surroundings and the elevation level of your property
3. Cover all of your home's windows
4. Identify trees and large objects around you
5. Install straps or additional clips to securely fasten your roof
6. Install a generator for emergencies
7. Consider building a safe room

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