Hurricane Season Starts
Experts say it may be a tough one
The Atlantic hurricane season is officially under way and coastal residents are waiting to see if it’s as busy as expected. Federal government scientists predict that there will be 14 to 23 tropical storms in the Atlantic basin, including eight to 14 hurricanes. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts that three to seven of the hurricanes will be major storms that reach Category 3 or higher – meaning they bring sustained winds of at least 111 mph. Spokesman Bill Read says this season could be rough particularly for the people in Haiti who still have not recovered from the devastating earthquake that rocked the island several months ago.
Scientists seem to agree that the giant oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico isn’t likely to affect the formation of a storm. But some worry that a storm could push oil deeper into estuaries and wetlands. The Louisiana State Museum is announcing a major exhibit opening this fall. “Living with Hurricanes: Katrina and Beyond” is a $7.5 million presentation that will help visitors understand the storm’s impact.