Updates and monitoring of active Atlantic Ocean storms during the 2020 hurricane season and any potential impacts for NC beaches and the Outer Banks.
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2020 Designated Names
Researchers at the National Hurricane Center and meteorologist from various universities are saying that the 2020 hurricane season in the Atlantic Ocean basin will be an above average year. These forecast predictions appear to be bolstered by the fact that in May 2020, the Atlantic Basin has already seen Tropical Storm Arthur (Outer Banks near miss) and Tropical Storm Bertha (South Carolina landfall).
June 23: Tropical Storm Dolly was officially named in the North Atlantic but is not expected to hit land and will become extra-tropical within 24-36 hours of forming.
June 2, 2020: Tropical Storm Cristobal officially named by the National Hurricane Center, but will not be a East Coast Atlantic Ocean storm as it will be confined to the Gulf of Mexico.
While it is possible for storms in the Atlantic to form this early in the season, it is incredibly rare to see these tropical systems reaching tropical storm or hurricane strength. It is more likely to see a high level of organization during July, August, and September when sea surface temperatures are at the warmest and atmospheric conditions are at the greatest potential to main the structure of tropical waves.
As for the NC beaches and the Outer Banks, people will be watching closely after Hurricane Florence (2018) and Hurricane Dorian (2019) created considerable damage along the coast.
Tropical Storm: 39-73 mph winds
Category 1: 74-95 mph winds
Category 2: 96-110 mph winds
Category 3: 111-129 mph winds (major)
Category 4: 130-156 mph winds (major)
Category 5: 157+ mph winds (major)
Most storms that affect the NC beaches unleashes impacts from the less intense left side of the storm compared to the famous upper right quadrant that has the most intense damaging winds and storm surge. Hurricane Florence in 2018 is the last tropical cyclone that affected the area with it’s right side and locals can tell you it was a much different storm compared to others that hit the area.
This article will be updated each time that a new system has formed in 2020 and we will provide updates every 4 hours until the storm leaves the area or dissipates.
However, please understand that any preparations or evacuations you decide on should be decided by listening to your local emergency management office and National Hurricane Center (NHC).
This article is provided simply as educational material for others to learn about current active storms when reading this website. As with all hurricane season information, having your preparations and knowing your evacuation routes long before a tropical cyclone brings impacts to your area is the key to survival and mitigating damage.
During a tropical storm or hurricane, the storm surge (fast rising water) is the number one killer of humans and animals.