NOAA predicts a highly active 2021 hurricane season

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is predicting another above-normal Atlantic hurricane season. 

Even though the Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30, NOAA has already been monitoring two areas for possible development. 

NOAA reports that this year could bring 13 to 20 named storms. Of those, six to 10 are predicted to become hurricanes with top winds of at least 74 miles per hour, including three to five major hurricanes with wind speeds of at least 111 miles per hour. 

As with last year, the COVID-19 pandemic will add additional challenges to this hurricane season. The Federal Emergency Management Agency, FEMA, will be offering a series of webinars throughout the month of June to further educate people on the pandemic operational guidance. 

Reyna Figueroa is a Nicaraguan broadcast media student minoring in political science. She loves to write about international politics, social issues and culture. After graduation, she wants to pursue her master’s in Spanish language journalism and work for local or international news outlets.