Hurricanes May Target Gulf and East Coastadmin
The East Coast has a greater risk than usual of being hit by a hurricane this year, according to the latest forecast from AccuWeather.com
The private forecasting company expects a dozen named storms in 2008, with a relatively high number making landfall. “Our forecast is that two or three storms will bring at least tropical storm force winds to the coastline between Florida and New England, including one or two that bring hurricane force winds, and one major hurricane,” said forecaster Joe Bastardi.
He also thinks gas and oil interests in the Gulf of Mexico will have to deal with a week to 10 days of disruptions or threats of disruptions because of storms.
“Specifically, the forecast is for two or three storms that affect the energy infrastructure in and around the Gulf and bring at least tropical storm force winds to the Gulf coast, including one or two that bring hurricane force winds,” Bastardi said.
He said the primary hurricane threat for the Gulf and Atlantic areas will come from mid-August to mid-October.