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NOAA predicts active Atlantic hurricane season

Washington—The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts an active or extremely active six-month Atlantic hurricane season starting June 1.

There is a 70 percent likelihood of 13-20 named storms with winds of 39 miles per hour or higher of which 7-11 could become hurricanes with winds of 74 mph or higher including 3-6 Category 3, 4 or 5 major hurricanes with winds of 111 mph or higher, says NOAA's Climate Prediction Center. These ranges are well above the seasonal average of 12 named storms, 6 hurricanes and 3 major hurricanes.

NOAA's seasonal hurricane outlook is not a hurricane landfall forecast nor does it predict how many storms will hit land or where a storm will strike. Forecasts and storm impact information will be offered throughout the season by NOAA's National Hurricane Center. For more information visit the website.