The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced earlier this month that the U.S. is likely to be hit with another “above-normal” year, with 13 to 20 total named storms.
NOAA PREDICTS ANOTHER BUSY ATLANTIC HURRICANE SEASON
The agency predicted that six to 10 of those storms were likely to become hurricanes, with wind speeds of 74 mph or higher.
According to NOAA data collected from 1851 through last year, 40% of all U.S. hurricanes hit the state of Florida and 88% of major hurricane strikes have hit either Florida or Texas.
North Carolina and Louisiana also top the list of the most direct hits on the mainland U.S. coastline – though Puerto Rico is not included in those figures.
Mark Andollina, left, and his son, Nicholas Andollina, center, remove part of a roof damaged by Hurricane Zeta at the Cajun Tide Beach Resort in Grand Isle, La., Friday, Oct. 30, 2020. (AP Photo/Matthew Hinton)