Active Hurricane Season Ups Risk for Mid-Atlantic

June 9, 2011

As weather forecasters predict an above-normal number of hurricanes this season, chances also increase that one of the storms will hit the mid-Atlantic states.

The News Journal of Wilmington (Delaware) reports that the region’s last hurricane-related encounter was with remnants of Hanna in 2008. Ernesto passed west of Delaware in 2006. But the state felt effects from Cindy in 2005, Jeanne in 2004, Henri in 2003, Gordon in 2000 and Floyd in 1999. All crossed Delaware from west to east.

Flooding triggered by what was left of Floyd claimed six lives in New Jersey and two in Delaware.

For this season, which officially began June 1, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is predicting 12 to 18 named storms. Three to six of them could become major hurricanes.

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