Experts Predict 13 to 20 Named Storms This Hurricane Season
Hurricane season is fast approaching for the 2021 season with as many as 13 to 20 named storms, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The season starts June 1st and runs the span of 6 months through the end of October. The tropics become more active starting around the middle of August.
Meteorologists at NOAA are predicting a 60% chance of an above-average storm season. This is based on previous years data, which included the record-breaking 30 named storms from last year.
NOAA isn’t expecting quite as busy of a season as last year, but it will still be an active one.
“Although NOAA scientists don’t expect this season to be as busy as last year, it only takes one storm to devastate a community,” said Ben Friedman, acting NOAA administrator. “The forecasters at the National Hurricane Center are well-prepared with significant upgrades to our computer models, emerging observation techniques, and the expertise to deliver the life-saving forecasts that we all depend on during this, and every, hurricane season.”
Speaking of named storms, some names on the list are popular names from Disney’s Frozen that include Ana and Elsa.
In case you have a trip planned during hurricane season, Disney’s hurricane policy is as follows:
- If a Hurricane Warning is issued by the National Hurricane Center for the Orlando are OR your place of residence within 7 days of your scheduled arrival date, guests have the option of calling in advance to reschedule your vacation package or room reservations to another date.
- Under these circumstances, cancellation or change fees would not be imposed by Disney.
- Products and services provided by third-party suppliers included in your vacation (like flights and car rentals) are not refundable by Disney. You would need to contact the companies directly to find out what their individual policies are.
Since full theme park closures are rare, it is more likely that the parks will remain open in the event of a storm but with restrictions. In the event of bad weather (including lightning storms) Disney will typically close outdoor rides first. Coasters are usually the first to be suspended. Indoor attractions are another story. As long as the park remains open indoor rides and attractions typically stay open as well.
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Source: Orlando Sentinel