CONNECTICUT — Connecticut and the rest of the Atlantic states are on course for another above-normal hurricane season, according to the latest forecast from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Hurricane season begins June 1 and lasts until November 30; 2022 marks the seventh consecutive year NOAA has predicted an above-average season.
NOAA predicts with 70% confidence that there will be 14 to 21 named storms, of which 6 to 10 could become hurricanes. Three to six of the hurricanes are likely to be Category 3 or better. The forecasts relate to the overall activity of the season and not the forecasts of landing.
The increased activity is due to a number of climatic factors, including the ongoing La Niña and warmer than average sea surface temperatures.
“As we reflect on another potentially busy hurricane season, past storms – such as Superstorm Sandy, which devastated the New York metropolitan area a decade ago – remind us that the impact of a storm can be felt for years,” NOAA Administrator Rick Spinrad said. , doctorate
Hurricanes that make landfall in New England are rare, but even storms not named hurricanes can wreak havoc on the state’s power grid and cause millions of dollars in damage to homes and businesses.
Most recently, Tropical Storm Isaias knocked out power to hundreds of thousands of electric customers across the state in 2020 during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic. Some customers were without power for a week or more.
Lawmakers, discouraged by frustration with the electric utilities’ response to the storm, passed a series of reforms. A survey found that Eversource predicted only half of the actual outages that occurred.
Electric utilities must credit customers $25 per day when outages last more than 96 consecutive hours. Residential customers can also be compensated up to $250 for expiring food or medicine. The law also increases the penalty limit for utilities that do not comply with emergency preparedness.
Superstorm Sandy slain four people in Connecticut and power outages peaked at around 620,000 customers. More … than $250 million federal disaster assistance has been approved for the state and 12,300 residents have registered for federal disaster assistance.