PEMBROKE PARK, Fla. - Forecasters are predicting a near-or above-average 2018 Atlantic hurricane season, including five to nine hurricanes.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration made the announcement Thursday during a news conference in Lakeland.
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NOAA's forecasters are predicting 10 to 16 named storms this season, including five to nine hurricanes. The predictions call for one to four of them to be major hurricanes -- Category 3 or higher.
An average hurricane season produces 12 storms, of which six become hurricanes, including three major hurricanes.
The upcoming hurricane season begins June 1 and lasts through November.
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