Hurricane season just started and the tropics have been active

NOAA is predicting a 70 percent likelihood of 10 to 16 named storms

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Hurricane Alex formed in the far eastern Atlantic way back in January. Recently it’s been the south that has been hit hard by the last two tropical storms.

South Carolina experienced major flooding from Tropical Storm Bonnie just before the hurricane season officially started. Tropical Storm Colin caused major flooding over parts of Florida earlier this week.

It may not have been a hurricane but tropical storms can still cause a lot of damage.

“Yeah in 82′ we had a week of steady rains and it flooded the meadows area in Longmeadow so we’re used to weather like that,” said Joan Ottani of Longmeadow.

We’re also coming up on the 5th year anniversary of a tropical storm that caused a lot of flooding here in western Massachusetts.

On August 28, 2011 Tropical Storm Irene caused major flooding all across New England. The worst flooding in western Massachusetts occurred in Shelburne Falls along the Deerfield River.

NOAA is forecasting a near normal hurricane season this year but there is some uncertainty if a developing La Nina could make for more activity.

“Yeah, always there’s always the potential for another yeah so we kind of look and be watchful of the weather and pay attention,” said Melanie Krodel of East Longmeadow.

NOAA is predicting a 70 percent likelihood of 10 to 16 named storms, 4 to 8 of which could become hurricanes and 1 to 4 could become major hurricanes. 

Right now there is another disturbance near Cuba that the Hurricane Center is keeping a close eye on.

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