2024 Hurricane Season: More storms will hit the US this year than ever before, NOAA says

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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is forecasting an “extraordinary” hurricane season, warning not only will there more hurricanes than ever, but that they will be unusually intense.

The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in its 2024 forecast Thursday said there is an 85 per cent chance of an above-normal season, with 17-25 named storms — when a storm reaches at least 62 kilometres-per-hour sustained winds, eight to 13 hurricanes and four to seven reaching major status.

“Of note, the forecast for named storms and hurricanes and major hurricanes is the highest NOAA has ever issued for the May outlook,” NOAA administrator Rick Spinrad told reporters Thursday. “This season is looking to be an extraordinary one in a number of ways.”

Jackson Proskow looks at how people with property along the U.S. and Canadian Atlantic coast may pay the price this season, in more ways than one.

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