May 27, 2010 by Canadian Underwriter
The Canadian Hurricane Centre (CHC) is cautioning East coasters that the 2010 hurricane season may bring above average activity.
“A number of international hurricane authorities are predicting that this year will be an active hurricane season in the Atlantic basin,” said Chris Fogarty, the CHC’s program supervisor. On average, each year one or two storms directly affect Canadian territory, with another two or three threatening Canada’s offshore waters, a CHC release says.
The CHC noted that the United States’ National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predict an above normal level of hurricane activity in the Atlantic during the 2010 hurricane season. The NOAA outlook calls for 14-23 named storms, 8-14 hurricanes and 3-7 major hurricanes. These predictions are consistent with other organizations’ seasonal forecasts, the CHC continued.
In 2009 two storms affected Canadian waters and territories. Hurricane Bill struck a “glancing blow” with the centre of the storm tracking just south of Nova Scotia on Aug. 23, 2009. One week later, the remnants of Tropical Storm Danny brought heavy rains and gusty winds that affected most of the Maritimes and Newfoundland.
While hurricane season runs from June through November, hurricanes typically start to become a concern in Canadian waters a bit later in the season, the CHC