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Federal Forecasters Predict Below-Normal 2015 Hurricane Season

MGN Online

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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Sascha Cordner has more than ten years of public radio experience. It includes working at NPR member station WUFT-FM in Gainesville for several years. She's worked in both radio and TV, serving in various capacities as a reporter, producer and anchor. She's also a graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in telecommunications. She is the recipient of 15 awards from the Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), and Edward R. Murrow. Her award-winning stories include her coverage on the infamous “Dozier School for Boys” and a feature titled "Male Breast Cancer: Lost in the Sea of Pink." Currently, Sascha serves as the host and producer of local and state news content for the afternoon news program "All Things Considered" at WFSU. Sascha primarily covers criminal justice and social services issues. When she's not reporting, Sascha likes catching up on her favorite TV shows, singing and reading. Follow Sascha Cordner on Twitter:@SaschaCordner.