CHARLESTON, SC (WSCC) - Forecasters with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NOAA, have updated the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season forecast. NOAA is now calling for a below average season.
The government's weather arm is expecting fewer hurricanes than first predicted back in May. The new forecast calls for 9 to 13 named storms, including four to seven hurricanes and between zero and two major hurricanes. The new forecast includes the four named storms we've already had this season.
GRAPHIC: NOAA's Updated 2018 Atlantic #HurricaneSeason Outlook now calls for: 9-13 named storms of which 4-7 could become hurricanes, including 0-2 major hurricanes https://t.co/homLnMtuhN #HurricaneOutlook pic.twitter.com/3aOy238Fis— NOAA (@NOAA) August 9, 2018
A typical hurricane season usually produces around 12 named storms, with six becoming hurricanes and three growing to major hurricane strength.
The update says there is now a 60 percent chance the season will see a below average number of storms.
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