2021 Atlantic hurricane season begins

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June 1 marks the official start of the Atlantic hurricane season. 

After months of already hazardous weather conditions for residents of southern and coastal states, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said last month that the U.S. was likely to be hit with another “above-normal” season.

Forecasters predicted a likelihood of 13 to 20 total named storms, with six to 10 likely to become hurricanes and three to five likely to become major hurricanes.

Many residents are still recovering from 2020’s record-breaking season, which saw 30 named storms including 13 hurricanes and six major hurricanes. 

NOAA said in November that 2020 was hit by the most storms on record, surpassing a count of 28 from 2005.

Dangerous flooding and severe storms have devastated Louisiana and Texas communities over the past couple of months, forcing water rescues amid life-threatening flooding and bringing baseball-sized hail. 

Additionally, with the coronavirus pandemic still a factor in emergency response for many local and state jurisdictions, NOAA officials are warning Americans to “be ready” for the season, releasing a list of potentially life-saving preparedness steps on Tuesday.

NOAA guidance includes getting a COVID-19 vaccine, setting aside emergency food, water and medical supplies, and monitoring weather and emergency alerts.

The season ends on Nov. 30.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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