Coastal Carolina University released its outlook for the 2014 Atlantic Basin hurricane season Tuesday and indicated a likelihood for slightly below-average tropical activity (~10 total named storms, ~5 total hurricanes, and ~1 total major hurricane). Researchers at Coastal Carolina also indicated a lower-than-average chance of a hurricane landfall on the U.S. coast this year.
CCU's assertion of a relatively quiet 2014 hurricane season mirrors that of other notable seasonal forecasts – like those from NOAA or Colorado State University – but meteorologists urge preparedness regardless of any long-range outlooks.
"All it takes is one storm to hit where you live for it to be a disruptive hurricane season," said First Alert Chief Meteorologist Gannon Medwick. "1992 and 1983 were technically very quiet hurricane seasons, but one of 1992's storms was Major Hurricane Andrew which hit Metro Miami and one of 1983's storms was Major Hurricane Alicia which hit Metro Houston. Preparedness is key in every season."
Hurricane season officially begins June 1 and ends November 30.
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