AccuWeather Increases Number of Hurricanes Predicted for 2020 Atlantic Season

AccuWeather Increases Number of Hurricanes Predicted for 2020 Atlantic Season

AccuWeather Increases Number of Hurricanes Predicted for 2020 Atlantic Season

Industry Update
May 7, 2020

Source: AccuWeather

Coastal residents such as Monroe County Commissioner Craig Cates, a lifelong Key West native and the city’s mayor from 2009-18, don’t frighten easily. Resiliency is a way of life when you’ve seen “many, many hurricanes” come your way.

The coronavirus shutdowns have brought new hardships for an area reliant on tourism, which accounts for “a good 50 percent of our economy,” Cates told AccuWeather’s Monica Danielle. The economic math isn’t great at the moment as Key West has roughly 25,000 permanent residents and typically draws more than 3 million visitors a year. But now “everything’s basically shut down,” he said.

“We’re dipping into our reserves with no chance to make them up by hurricane season,” Cates said. “That is our concern … We can’t afford a hurricane this year, for sure.”

AccuWeather’s updated 2020 Atlantic Basin hurricane forecast perhaps won’t brighten the spirits of Key West or other United States coastal residents.

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