The first named storm of the 2013 Eastern Pacific hurricane season made its debut on the very first day of the season Wednesday. A tropical depression in the Pacific strengthened to become Tropical Storm Alvin Wednesday and it could become a hurricane within the next few days. As of Wednesday afternoon, Alvin was located over 650 miles southwest of Acapulco, Mexico and had maximum sustained winds of 41 miles per hour. While there were no watches or warnings issued at the time the storm was named, that may change soon as Alvin is expected to strengthen over the next two days.
As far as the Atlantic hurricane season goes for 2013, forecasters are saying that we can expect an active season this year with more major hurricanes and tropical storms than usual along the Atlantic coast. Forecasters say that eight hurricanes could form with up to half of them becoming very dangerous, serious hurricanes. The average year brings six hurricanes to the Atlantic. Forecasters are also saying that this season will develop normally unlike 2012, which brought two named storms before the season’s start on the 1st of June. While it is too difficult to say where serious storms may make landfall, top forecasters are keeping an eye on Florida as weather experts say the Sunshine State is long over-due for a direct hit by a major hurricane.
Portions of the Eastern seaboard which were devastated by Superstorm Sandy are very vulnerable to any major storm as sand dunes have diminished to increase the potential for some severe inland flooding. If a major storm does strike those same areas that were devastated by Sandy, life would become very difficult for residents as potentially deadly flooding could occur.
NOAA is calling for some changes following Sandy. The administration said that the decision not to issue watches and warnings caused a lot of confusion prior to the massive storm making landfall in October. Even though people in the East were told that the big system was a real threat, the National Hurricane Center downgraded the storm to a post-tropical system just before it made landfall and wreaked havoc in the Northeast. NOAA says that many more people would have most likely evacuated if warnings were issued.