What is the Atlantic Hurricane Season and when is it?
Graphic: Bob Annicchiarico/Centre for Global Weather Research
It is the hurricane season, and every summer, some storms develop in the Atlantic Ocean – often referred to as the “hurricane belt”.
On average, around 14 named storms (storms with winds of at least 39mph) will form. Two of these storms develop into hurricanes.
The Atlantic hurricane season begins on 1 June and lasts until 30 November. The first named storm can be seen in a monochrome image above.
It may take up to 30 days before some of the storms develop and form into hurricanes, and some can remain off the coast of Africa for up to six months.
We’ve found UK weather models that show how a hurricane could affect your area.
How long does it last?
The season spans from 1 June to 30 November every year.
We’ve got an interactive tool below that allows you to explore some of the predictions for the weather for the hurricane season.
The map below shows current hurricane season predictions from the Institute for Climate Research (ICR), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the United States Center for Environmental Prediction (CEP).
IF IT HAPPENS –
If a hurricane hits your region, the Information Centre advises:
The cause of the storm is still unknown
However, in most cases the storm will affect the USA with widespread rainfall and widespread wind damage.
Residents should take action to keep their property safe, clear fallen trees and take cover from the storm.
You could lose power
A worst-case scenario could be powerful Hurricane Florence hitting the coast of the UK. An army of high tides and ocean surges could cause floods and bring death and destruction.
If you see significant damage, damage or damage you’d like to report, please call the UK national news and information line on 101