NOAA - The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration expects a busy Atlantic Hurricane Season as predicted in in seasonal outlook issued on May 27th, 2010.
NOAA projects a 70% probability across the entire Atlantic Basin for 14 to 23 named storms including 8 to 14 hurricanes, of which 3 to 7 could be major hurricanes.
Uncertain is how much above normal the season will be. This partially depends on whether or not La Nina will develop this summer. As we have exited El Nino, we are currently in a neutral state but conditions are becoming increasingly favorable for La Nina to develop.
FEMA Administrator Graig Fugate: "We can only be as prepared as the public, so it's important that families and businesses in coastal communities take steps now to be ready. these include developing a communications plan, putting together a kit, and staying informed of the latest forecast and local emergency plans. You can't control when a hurricane or other emergency may happen, but you can make sure you're ready."
The President has recently designated May 23 - 29, 2010 as National Hurricane Preparedness Week. NOAA and FEMA encourage those living in hurricane-prone states to use this time to review their overall preparedness.