Here is a look at the 2023 Atlantic hurricane season.
Follow the storm tracker for the path and forecasts of the latest storm.
The 2023 Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30. The areas covered include the Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea.
The National Weather Service defines a hurricane as a “tropical cyclone with maximum sustained winds of 74 mph (64 knots) or higher.”
Hurricanes are rated according to intensity of sustained winds on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. The 1-5 scale estimates potential property damage.
A Category 3 or higher is considered a major hurricane.
The National Hurricane Center advises preparedness:
- A hurricane watch indicates the possibility that a region could experience hurricane conditions within 48 hours.
- A hurricane warning indicates that sustained winds of at least 74 mph are expected within 36 hours.
April 13, 2023 - The Colorado State University Tropical Meteorology Project team predicts a “slightly below-normal” Atlantic hurricane season. The team forecasts 13 named storms, including six hurricanes, two of which will be major hurricanes.
May 25, 2023 - The Climate Prediction Center (CPC) at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) forecasts a 40% chance for a near-normal season, predicting that there is a 70% chance of having 12 to 17 named storms, of which five to nine could develop into hurricanes, including one to four major hurricanes (Categories 3-5).
August 10, 2023 - NOAA releases its updated forecast, upping the odds for an above average hurricane season from 30% to 60% as ocean temperatures continue to climb above record levels this summer. The agency now predicts 14-21 named storms, including six to 11 hurricanes, of which two to five are forecast to be major. These ranges take into account the named storms that have already formed this season.
2023 Atlantic Storm Names
Tropical Storm Arlene
Tropical Storm Bret
Tropical Storm Cindy
July 14, 2023 - Subtropical Storm Don forms over the central Atlantic.
July 16, 2023 - Becomes a subtropical depression.
July 18, 2023 - Tropical Storm Don forms.
July 22, 2023 - Strengthens into a hurricane.
July 23, 2023 - Weakens to a tropical storm.
July 24, 2023 - Don weakens to a post-tropical cyclone.
Tropical Storm Emily
August 20, 2023 - Tropical Storm Franklin forms in the Caribbean Sea.
August 23, 2023 - Franklin makes landfall on the southern coast of the Dominican Republic.
August 26, 2023 - Strengthens into a hurricane.
August 28, 2023 - Becomes the first major hurricane of the season.
September 1, 2023 - Franklin weakens to a post-tropical cyclone.
Tropical Storm Gert
Tropical Storm Harold
August 27, 2023 - Tropical Storm Idalia forms.
August 29, 2023 - Strengthens into a hurricane.
August 30, 2023 - Makes landfall in Florida’s Big Bend region as a Category 3 hurricane. Two people are killed in separate, weather-related crashes.
August 31, 2023 - Weakens to a post-tropical cyclone.
Tropical Storm Jose
Tropical Storm Katia
September 5, 2023 - Tropical Storm Lee forms.
September 6, 2023 - Strengthens into a hurricane.
September 16, 2023 - Weakens to a post-tropical cyclone. Later in the day, Lee makes landfall in Nova Scotia.
- At least two deaths are attributed to dangerous conditions associated with Lee.