From the Praetors Office - 2014 Hurricane Outlook April 08 2014, 0 Comments

The 2014 predictions for hurricanes calls for 11 named storms, including five hurricanes, two of which are predicted to attain major hurricane status (Category 3 or stronger). Here are questions about this outlook and what it means for you.
 

Q: Does this mean a less destructive hurricane season?

 

There is no strong correlation between the number of storms or hurricanes and U.S. landfalls in any given season.  "It is important to note that our forecasts are for the total number of storms that may occur anywhere within the Atlantic Ocean, and do not attempt to predict the number of storms that will make landfall in the U.S.

In 1983, there were only four named storms, but one of them was Alicia, a Category 3 which hit the Houston-Galveston area.

The 2010 season featured 12 hurricanes and 19 named storms, which tied 1995 for the third most named storms in any Atlantic season, at the time. In other words, a season can deliver few storms and have one or more hitting the U.S. coast with major impact.

Therefore, it's important to be prepared for hurricanes and tropical storms every year, regardless of seasonal forecasts.