With no tropical storms on the horizon, the 2007 season should end up almost right in line with predictions made by the U.S. government in May.
14 to 17 named storms, six to eight hurricanes, and three to five major hurricanes were predicted. So far, the Atlantic Basin has produced 14 named storms, five hurricanes and two major hurricanes.
Forecasters at the Hurricane Center say that Tropical Storm Karen in late September may be redesignated as a hurricane. If it is, that would bring the hurricane total to 6.
But as any meteorologist will tell you, it's not the number of storms that form that's important, it's where they end up.
Rob Nucatola said, " "It doesn't matter how many there are or when they happen, there are going to be storms all throughout the Atlantic all season."
But now that two seasons have gone by without any hurricane hits, Florida State Meteorologist Ben Nelson says residents can't bring down their guard. He said, "We are concerned heading into the next season that we'll have a little bit of hurricane amnesia; that folks won't take the preseason preparedness as seriously as they should going into next year."
Constant awareness and preparedness, along with some luck, should get us through the active hurricane seasons to come.
Wilma was the last hurricane to strike Florida back in October 2005.
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