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May 20, 2021

Chairwoman Johnson Urges Americans to Prepare for 2021 Hurricane Season as NOAA Releases Hurricane Outlook

(Washington, DC) – Today, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center released its outlook for the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season. Forecasters predict another active season with a sixty percent chance of an above-normal season. Last year, the storm activity reached historic levels with 30 named storms and record high costs of storm related damages. The Atlantic hurricane season extends from June 1 through November 30.

“We must ensure Americans are prepared for this year’s hurricane season and the next,” said Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX). “With the release of today’s Atlantic hurricane season outlook, it is vital that all Americans living in vulnerable regions heed the advice from the experts and take action to prepare now. The life-saving warnings and forecasts developed and disseminated by NOAA’s National Weather Service empower the American people with the information necessary to be prepared before a storm hits.”

We still have communities, including many minority and low-income communities, rebuilding from last year’s devastating hurricane season, which took the lives of too many and resulted in more than ninety-five billion dollars in damages. As our changing climate continues to impact and intensify extreme weather events, we must work to develop robust adaptation and mitigation strategies. We need to build resilient infrastructure and to support vital research along with equitable policies in order to ensure all communities can protect themselves.”