An "active to extremely active" hurricane season is expected for the Atlantic Basin this year according to the seasonal outlook issued Thursday by NOAA's Climate Prediction Center.
Federal government scientists are predicting there will be 14 to 23 tropical storms in the Atlantic basin during the coming season, including eight to 14 hurricanes.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicted
Thursday that three to seven of the hurricanes will be major storms
that reach Category 3 or higher - meaning they bring sustained
winds of at least 111 mph.
The forecast is based on the weakening of El Nino. The Pacific
Ocean phenomenon creates strong wind shear that weakens Atlantic
The Atlantic hurricane season begins Tuesday and runs through
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