2010 Hurricane season looking grim 

 

This year’s hurricane season is shaping up to be one of the
fiercest seasons on record according to a report released today by the National
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

 

What makes this news even worse is the fact that the Gulf
oil spill might very well be affected by the extreme weather.

 

Hurricane season starts this Tuesday June 1 and goes through
November 30 for the western Atlantic and Gulf
of Mexico region. The violent storms this year could delay efforts
and ultimately cause more chaos for the Gulf coast as they attempt to fix the
damage from the massive BP oil spill.

 

NOAA stated on their website Thursday, “An ‘active to
extremely active’ hurricane season is expected for the Atlantic
Basin this year.” They also
released the following stats for the 2010 hurricane season:

 

  • 14 to 23 Named Storms (top
    winds of 39 mph or higher), including:
  • 8 to 14 Hurricanes (top winds
    of 74 mph or higher), of which:
  • 3 to 7 could be Major
    Hurricanes (Category 3, 4 or 5; winds of at least 111 mph)

 

Travelers should be cautious if their plans fall within the
hurricane season’s typical timeframe. One way to ensure that your plans go
smoothly without it costing you a bundle of cash is to purchase travel
insurance.

 

Most plans will be able to assist you in case of the
following unforeseen occurrences:

 

  • Trip Cancellation
  • Trip Interruption
  • Missed
    Connection
  • Travel
    Delay
  • Medical
    Expense/Emergency Assistance
  • Lost Baggage
    and/or Personal Items
  • Baggage
    Delay
  • Accidental
    Death and Dismemberment

 

In the meantime, NOAA scientists continue to monitor the
conditions as they change on a daily basis. The next update in regards to hurricanes
is slated to be released in early August, which is right before the peak of the
season.

 

Source: NOAA 

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