NOAA updates 2012 hurricane season numbers

NOAA forests 12-17 named storms, 5-8 hurricanes

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August NOAA hurricane forecast

MIAMI - The latest name circulating your mind in the tropics is Ernesto, which is still a tropical storm as of 11 a.m. Thursday, but there will be more named storms this season.

NOAA released their updated forecast for the 2012 hurricane season, including the six named storms that have already happened this year.

The forecast is for a normal or slightly above normal Atlantic season. Through the whole season from June 1st through November 30th, NOAA has raised the forecast to 12-17 named storms, 5-8 hurricanes and 2-3 could be major.

The numbers are higher than the initial May outlook. In May, NOAA called for 9-15 named storms, 4-8 hurricanes and 1-3 major hurricanes.

But as our Local10 Hurricane Specialist Max Mayfield says, "It only takes one Hurricane to make it a bad season."

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