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NOAA forecasts below-normal Atlantic hurricane season

NOAA forecasts below-normal Atlantic hurricane season thanks to El Niño

By Dave Hennen, Judson Jones and Taylor Ward, CNN

Updated at 11:45 AM ET, Thu August 9, 2018

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(CNN) The 2018 hurricane season is shaping up to be “below-normal,” the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, said Thursday.
Experts are now expecting fewer hurricanes than they predicted in late May.
“There are still more storms to come — the hurricane season is far from being over,” said Gerry Bell, lead seasonal hurricane forecaster at NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center.
Nine to 13 named storms — including four to seven hurricanes and zero to two major hurricanes of Category 3 strength or higher — are predicted this season, which began June 1 and runs through November 30, the federal agency predicted.