Alabama at greater threat of hurricanes in record-setting storm season – Montgomery Marketer

27August 2020

In this August 25, 2020 NOAA satellite photo, Hurricane Laura strengthens in the Gulf of Mexico while Marco drenches parts of the Southeast. (NOAA handout)

Texas and Louisiana may have braced for the worst today as back-to-back typhoons Marco and Laura barreled toward them, but in this record-setting Atlantic cyclone season, nearly every coastal U.S. state east of the Mississippi River ought to likewise be on high alert. All however one of the 18 states bordering the Atlantic Ocean or Gulf of Mexico deal with a greater danger this year of a cyclone strike, according to the projection from Colorado State University’s Department of Atmospheric Science, which has actually issued seasonal cyclone projections every year since 1984. Only New Hampshire’s threat remains unchanged at a 1% chance of a direct hit. Every other state’s risk increased by 33-100%. In Alabama, the CSU team forecasted the chances of a land-falling hurricane this year at 17%, compared to a historic probability of 11%.

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