Albany-- New technology should make hurricane forecasting more accurate this year. The National Hurricane Center will use a new forecast model that, for the first time, will take into account data from within the center of the storm.
It should be much more effective in determining the current and forecast strength of the storm. Area Emergency Management officials say the new forecasts will help them respond to storms.
"Anytime you can get early information it really helps us prepare. NOAA is always unleashing new ideas and models, and it really helps us a lot. We rely on their information and the weather service out of Tallahassee, both of those partnership with us in Southwest Georgia and are really a benefit to us" said Colquitt County EMA Director Russell Moody.
Experts predict 12 to 15 named storms this hurricane season with 7 to 9 becoming hurricanes. Three or four of those storms likely will become major hurricanes.