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NOAA predicts more active hurricane season

Staff Writer |
The hurricane season in the Atlantic will be more active than normal, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said in its latest update.

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The federal agency now predicts 14 to 19 named storms this year, which is an increase of the 11 to 17 storms it forecasted in May.

There have been six named storms so far this year, including Tropical Storm Franklin, which is expected to make landfall in Mexico on Wednesday night as a hurricane.

NOAA said two to five of the storms will likely be major hurricanes. In May it estimated there would be two to four major hurricanes this storm season.

A prediction for five to nine hurricanes, excluding tropical storms, remains unchanged from the May outlook.

In an average Atlantic hurricane season, which runs from June 1 to Nov. 30, there are 12 named storms -- of which six become hurricanes, including three major hurricanes.

Experts believe this season could be the most active since 2010, when there were 19 tropical storms and 12 hurricanes, including Category 4 Igor. Only the 2005 season, which included the Category 5 Katrina, saw more activity: 28 named storms.

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