Get ready, Carolinas — hurricane season is around the corner!
The month of May “makes all the difference” in the upcoming hurricane season forecast, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Hurricane season begins June 1 and runs through Nov. 30, and predictions for the year will be released later this month, though other agencies have released early forecasts for 2019.
The National Weather Service’s Hurricane Center issued Wednesday a “special tropical weather outlook” for the Atlantic as a system is expected to move up from the Bahamas to the Florida Peninsula over the next two days, bringing showers and thunderstorms. The system has a low chance of development during the next five days, NOAA reports.
Colorado State University published an early forecast in April, predicting slightly below-normal activity in the Atlantic basin, while AccuWeather forecasters say the season will be slightly above average, bringing 12 to 14 possible storms.
NOAA released 21 names for potential storms that could form in the Atlantic Ocean this season, including Andrea, Fernand, Olga and Wendy.
Hurricane Florence pounded the Myrtle Beach area in September, bringing days of flooding and destruction to inland Horry County homes, churches and businesses. The flooding caused millions of dollars worth of damage.