By Nick Russo

This makes me a tad uneasy. Aside from the heavy flooding we’ve been surprised with over the past couple of years we haven’t really had a huge hurricane hit us in a while, generally speaking. However, experts are warning that this year could produce 11-17 named storms and 5 to 9 of them hurricanes. This could spell trouble for our friends along the coast and that could mean trouble for all of us further inland.

Hurricanes don’t choose where they’re going they just go and if one comes our way we need to be prepared. Scientists claim that with a low El Nino year expected we can anticipate a higher level of strong storms to come from the Atlantic.

According to, “The outlook reflects our expectation of a weak or non-existent El Nino, near- or above-average sea-surface temperatures across the tropical Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea, and average or weaker-than-average vertical wind shear in that same region,” said Gerry Bell, lead seasonal hurricane forecaster with NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center.

The order of names for this year are: Arlene, Bret, Cindy, Don, Emily, Franklin, Gert, Harvey, Irma, Jose, Katia, Lee, Maria, Nate, Ophilia, Phillipe, Rina, Sean, Tammy, Vince, & Whitney.

Let’s hope we don’t meet any of them this year because we can do without the devastation.

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