NOAA: Updated hurricane season forecast lowers number of named storms

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In a release Thursday, NOAA has lowered their forecast of expected Atlantic tropical cyclones for the rest of the season, while stressing the importance of remaining prepared.

“There are still more storms to come – the hurricane season is far from being over. We urge continued preparedness and vigilance,” said Gerry Bell, Ph.D., lead seasonal hurricane forecaster at NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center.

The forecast takes into a count a relatively slow start to the season, and the outlook for the next couple weeks to remain on the "quiet" side, thanks to unfavorable formation ingredients in the Atlantic Basin.

We are nearing our peak of hurricane season in September. Typically, storms that impact the state of Texas are more likely to happen in the first half of hurricane season, but we can't let our guard down just yet.

“Today’s updated outlook is a reminder that we are entering the height of hurricane season and everyone needs to know their true vulnerabilities to storms and storm surge,” said FEMA Administrator Brock Long.

Don’t let down your guard, late season storms are always a possibility, always keep your plans updated.”

There have been four named storms so far this Atlantic hurricane season.