Forecasters: Central Pacific to see normal to above-average hurricane season

OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Central Pacific is slated to see a normal to above-normal hurricane season this year, forecasters said Wednesday.

The hurricane season officially begins in the Central Pacific on June 1 and runs through Nov. 30.

And officials are predicting that the Central Pacific basin will see from three to six named tropical cyclones.

The Central Pacific Hurricane Center said there's about an 80 percent chance of the region seeing a normal to above-normal season.

There's a 20 percent chance of a below normal season, with fewer named storms.

But officials also stressed Wednesday that it only takes one major hurricane to leave behind significant damage.

Bob Ballard, of the National Weather Service, also noted that a number of unknowns in the forecast remain.

Those include warmer than normal water temperatures around the main Hawaiian islands.

"That's something that has us concerned," he said.

He added, "No matter what, everybody needs to be prepared because as we say every year it only takes one. One tropical cyclone that affects you directly could really wreck your whole year and you're gonna have a long time to rebuild and you need to be prepared for that."

The prediction comes on the tails of an incredibly busy wet season, with a number record-breaking flooding events that destroyed scores of homes and washed out key roadways. On Kauai and east Oahu, residents are still digging out from those major flooding events.

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