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NOAA Predicts 10-16 Named Storms

Hurricane Isabel in 2003
Jacques Descloitres

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is predicting there will be ten to sixteen named storms this hurricane season.  That’s about normal for the Atlantic.

Alex kicked things off early back in January, and coming up next is Bonnie, but meteorologists say there’s a seventy percent chance we won’t make it to Richard, the seventeenth storm on the list.  NOAA’s 10 to 16 named storm prediction is about normal.  Officials predict 4 to 8 of those storms could become hurricanes, and one to four could be major hurricanes—that is, winds of 111 miles per hour or more.  Storms get names once they have sustained winds of 39 miles per hour.  The Atlantic Hurricane season stretches from June to end of November.