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2016 hurricane season forecast released; average activity predicted

Posted: Sunday, April 17, 2016. 6:08 p.m. CST

Hurricane SeasonBy Aaron Humes: With changes in the regional weather patterns coming, hurricane forecasters say activity will be average for the coming season.

Annual predictions by the team of Philip Klotzbach and William Gray at Colorado State University say there will be 12 named storms, five hurricanes and two major hurricanes.

Probabilities for major hurricanes making landfall along the Eastern coast of the U.S. and in the Caribbean are also projected to be average.

Belize has a one in three chance of seeing at least one named storm come within 50 miles; and nearly 40 percent for a 100-mile track. The chance of a hurricane tracking near to Belize within 50 and 100 miles respectively are six and 18 percent respectively.

However, the CSU team remind that just one is all it takes to upend families along coastal areas: be prepared!

Since the name Alex was already used for the hurricane which emerged this January, the next named storm would be Bonnie. The other names picked for the 2016 hurricane season are: Colin, Danielle, Earl, Fiona, Gaston, Hermine, Ian, Julia, Karl, Lisa, Matthew, Nicole, Otto, Paula, Richard, Shary, Tobias, Virginie and Walter.

Belize’s National Met Service is currently reviewing the forecast and will issue comment later on.

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