Steve Woodward

NOAA expects more storms this hurricane season

As the fifth named storm of the season fell apart in the Caribbean Thursday, federal hurricane forecasters rolled out an update their predictions for the rest of what they still say will be an "active" season.

The August outlook calls for a slight increase in the number of storms and hurricanes that forecasters expect, and a considerable boost to their confidence that they're right.

Gerry Bell, lead hurricane season forecaster for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, said his agency now expects 14 to 19 named storms, up from the 12 to 18 they forecast in May. Of those, seven to 10 could become hurricanes (up from six to 10 in May), and three to...