Federal forecasters say the 2015 Atlantic hurricane season will likely be below-normal, but they say that’s no reason to believe coastal areas will have it easy. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced that forecast Wednesday.
NOAA predicts it’s likely there will be six to 11 named storms, of which three to six could become hurricanes. And, that could include a maximum of two major hurricanes. An updated outlook is expected to be released in August—the peak of the season.
Last month, University of Colorado scientists also predicted this could be one of the least active seasons since the mid-20th century. Meanwhile, it’s been 10 years since a hurricane has made landfall in Florida. Still, federal and state officials say that’s no reason for residents to be complacent in hurricane preparedness. The 2015 Atlantic Hurricane season starts Monday.
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