MIAMI — Welcome to the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season.
June 1 is the first official day of the season —even though we already saw Tropical Storm Ana form near Bermuda last month. Forecasters are predicting another “above average” hurricane season this year, although we shouldn’t see as many storms as the record-breaking season in 2020.
And just like last year, Florida’s hurricane prep in 2021 includes COVID-19 safety protocols.
Here’s what you should know:
HOW LONG IS HURRICANE SEASON?
Hurricane season runs June 1-Nov. 30, with a peak in August and September.
WHAT’S THE FORECAST FOR THIS YEAR? HOW MANY STORMS?
NOAA is predicting another active hurricane season, but not quite as bad as last year.
The agency predicts 13 to 20 named storms, six to 10 of which would strengthen to a hurricane and three to five that would become major hurricanes, which means Category 3 or higher.
Last year there were 30 named storms, 14 of which were hurricanes, and a record-breaking 7 of which were major hurricanes.