Early outlook for the 2019 hurricane season is hopeful

After a couple of rough years, early predictions from experts who annually put out a hurricane forecast have indicated that the hurricane season of 2019, which starts June 1, will be relatively quiet.

Based on the preliminary information they have right now, researchers at a major university believe the most likely outcome for the 2019 hurricane season will be about 10 or so storms that reach tropical storm strength, meaning winds between 40 miles per hour and over 70 miles per hour. The researchers only expect a handful of hurricanes, with perhaps a couple reaching the status of major hurricane.

Their prediction is based on whether they believe a weather pattern called El NiƱo will develop, as well as the effects of ordinary variation in the temperatures and air pressures in the Atlantic Ocean.

It is important to note, though, that the researchers' most likely outcome only has a 50 percent chance of occurring. There is still a 35 percent chance of having an above average to exceptional 2019 Atlantic Hurricane Season.

Perhaps more importantly, this popularized annual prediction only estimates how many hurricanes and storms will form in the Atlantic Ocean. The prediction is not able to tell exactly whether or where any given storm will threaten the Gulf Coast of Louisiana or Texas. As we have seen in the past, all it takes is one major storm to hit the greater New Orleans area or other parts of the coast, including the coastal cities in Texas, to inflict massive property damage.

Should disaster happen to strike, property owners are likely going to need help processing their hurricane property damage insurance claims. These sorts of claims can be complicated, and people can easily hit a snag that could lead to their not getting paid what they expected to receive from an insurance company.

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