Miami.– The Atlantic hurricane season that starts June 1 could be slower than usual this year, but even a low-intensity hurricane would be especially unwelcome since the region is still recovering from 2012's Sandy, the National Hurricane Center in Miami revealed.
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Climate Prediction Center, the main driver of this year’s
outlook is the anticipated development of El Nino this summer.
El Niño causes stronger wind shear, which reduces the number and intensity of tropical storms and hurricanes.NOAA said there will be 3 to 6 hurricanes, with 1 to 2 of those of a major category. Last year the Dominican Republic was spared of direct hits by hurricanes, while David in 1979 and Georges in 1998 wreaked havoc and vast devastation.