PALM BAY, Florida – It’s been a busy Atlantic hurricane season for 2017, and scary at times for Brevard County residents.
People living in Palm Bay, West Melbourne, and Melbourne were skeptical when the National Hurricane Center predicted an above normal season, with 14 to 19 named storms by November 30th.
So far this year, there have been 13 named storms in the Atlantic Ocean, including seven hurricanes – four especially strong hurricanes of category 3 or higher.
While things are slowing down in the eastern Atlantic, we’re told not to relax just yet.
That’s because hurricanes usually start in the western Caribbean Sea during this time of year, according to the National Hurricane Center.
In fact, a weather disturbance developed just south of Cuba Wednesday afternoon. The weather disturbance is expected to move north-northwest toward Florida and is given a 20 percent chance of strengthening in the next five days.
The disturbance is expected to produce about 1 1/2 inches of rain during the next five days and possibly up to 2 1/2 inches within the next seven days, according to the National Weather Service in Melbourne.
Some hurricanes can still come from the eastern Atlantic as we saw last year with Hurricane Matthew and Hurricane Wilma in 2005.
We have been very lucky so far, and hopefully, watching the biggest Hurricane (Irma) in recorded history. Brevard County residents through they were doomed.
The good news is, the Atlantic Ocean is beginning to cool, which is depriving storms of their fuel. These hurricanes grow faster in warmer waters, and there is increasing wind sheer at sea that will counter the storms.
Don’t tease your neighbors too much if they leave their shutters up. While the season may appear to be slowing down, these storms can pop up at a moment’s notice.
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