The Atlantic hurricane season starts June 1. Howwill the U.S. fare this year?

Some forecasters say it could be a busy year. TheNOAA is predicting 11 to 17 named storms thisseason and five to nine of them are expected to become hurricanes,with two to four becoming 'major,' or at least Category 3hurricanes.

Storm surge flooding

Nearly 6.9 million homes along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts areat potential risk of damage from hurricane storm surge floodingwith a total reconstruction cost value (RCV) of more than $1.5trillion, according to the 2017 Storm Surge Report from global propertyinformation and data analytics solutions provider, CoreLogic, based in Irving, California. 

The CoreLogic analysis examines risk fromhurricane-driven storm surge for homes along the Atlantic and Gulfcoastlines across 19 states and the District of Columbia, as wellas for 86 metro areas. 

Significant damage if storm makes landfall in highly populatedarea 

"Despite the fact that this year's hurricane season is predictedto have fewer storms than last year, it doesn't mitigate the riskof storm surge damage," said Dr. Tom Jeffery, senior hazardscientist at CoreLogic. "As we've seen with past storms, even onesingle hurricane at a lower-level category can cause significantdamage if it makes landfall in a highly populated area." 

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