NOAA predicts fewer hurricanes this season

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MIAMI - (WITN) NOAA's Climate Prediction Center says they expect a less active hurricane season than it originally predicted in May.

NOAA now says there will be between 9 and 13 named storms, between 4 and 7 of those will become hurricanes, while they predict there could be between zero and two major hurricanes.

Back in May, they predicted between 10 and 16 named storms, between 5 and 9 hurricanes, and 1 to 4 major hurricanes.

So far, the season has seen four named storms, including two hurricanes.

“There are still more storms to come – the hurricane season is far from being over. We urge continued preparedness and vigilance,” said Gerry Bell, Ph.D., lead seasonal hurricane forecaster at NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center.