Hurricane evacuations, if one is called in 2021, may look slightly different to South Carolina residents. Mostly, those differences are lingering effects from 2020.
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Nine months after two back-to-back hurricanes hammered their towns, residents are still struggling to recover — even as they brace for another onslaught of storms in the season that starts Tuesday.
The baseline of a "normal" hurricane season changed in 2021, as meteorologists update the 30-year period they use to determine average weather benchmarks. It's unclear how climate change and global warming will continue to affect those stats, however.
The $1 billion in spending being announced Monday is a small fraction of what the U.S. spends on weather-related disasters. Last year alone, the nation endured 22 separate weather and climate-related disasters with losses greater than $1 billion each. The disasters, including wildfires, hurricanes and snowstorms, had a cumulative price tag of nearly $100 billion.
Forecasters at a benchmark hurricane research program predict there will be four major cyclones in the Atlantic basin in 2021, or storms that reach Category 3 or higher.
With named storms coming earlier and more often in warmer waters, the Atlantic hurricane season is going through some changes with meteorologists ditching the Greek alphabet during busy years.
Hurricane season could get about two weeks longer as scientists at the National Hurricane Center debate whether to move the official start date to May 15.
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