Forecasters with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are predicting a near or above-normal Atlantic hurricane season with 10-16 named storms and 1-4 major hurricanes in 2018.
NOAA released their outlook Thursday at the agency's aircraft operations center in Lakeland.
Forecasters are calling for between 5 to 9 hurricanes with wind speeds of at least 74 mph. Major hurricanes (1 to 4 predicted) have wind speeds of at least 111 mph.
As for last year, NOAA predicted an above-average season. and we saw 17 named storms, including 10 hurricanes.