National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Normal hurricane season forecast for 2019; four to eight hurricanes expected

Normal hurricane season forecast for 2019; four to eight hurricanes expected

The Atlantic Ocean and residents along its coasts and on its islands face a relatively normal hurricane season in 2019, according to projections from a variety of forecasters.

Officials with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced their outlook Thursday for the coming season, which they anticipate will see between nine to 15 named storms.

Of those storms, they forecast about four to eight are expected to become hurricanes, meaning they have winds of 74 mph or higher, and two to four storms are expected to reach a Category 3 or higher.

Hurricane season officially begins June 1 and runs through Nov. 30, but this year got off to an early start. A...

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