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The 2020 hurricane season was expected to have ‘above normal’ activity but surpassed forecast

Nov 30, 2020

Source: Florida Phoenix

What was expected to be a busy 2020 Atlantic hurricane season will soon come to a close, surpassing initial predictions for the number of named storms and hurricanes.

NOAA reported that “the 2020 season produced 30 named storms (top winds of 39 mph or greater), of which 13 became hurricanes (top winds of 74 mph or greater), including six major hurricanes (top winds of 111 mph or greater).” Twelve of these storms made landfall.

“This is the most storms on record, surpassing the 28 from 2005, and the second-highest number of hurricanes on record,” the agency said.

NOAA notes that this is the fifth consecutive year with above-normal Atlantic storm activity and that an average season “has 12 named storms, six hurricanes, and three major hurricanes.”

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