Forecast Calls for Fewer Hurricanes

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By this time last year, we had already endured nine named storms and three hurricanes. This year has been quieter, but don't let down your guard yet. That's the advice from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA. Jerry Bell is NOAA's lead seasonal hurricane forecaster.

BELL: Today's updated outlook calls for a high likelihood - a 75 percent chance - of an above-normal season. However, and fortunately, the possibility of an extremely active season such as we saw the last year is greatly reduced.

NOAA has also reduced its original forecast. They are now calling for 12 to 15 tropical storms that grow into seven to nine hurricanes. Those are supposed to include three or four intense hurricanes with winds above 110 miles per hour.

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