Welcome to hurricane season! Forecasters at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have upped their predictions of the number of and severity of upcoming storms during hurricane season. In May they predicted a 45% chance of an above-normal season and now it's gone up to 60%. 

"The season has the potential to be extremely active, and could be the most active since 2010," advised the NOA. They also upped the number of named storms to 14 to 19 as opposed to the earlier projection of 11 to 17. Two to five of these storms are predicted to be major hurricanes, as opposed to the previous two to four. 

"We're now entering the peak of the season when the bulk of the storms usually form," Gerry Bell, Ph.D., lead seasonal hurricane forecaster at NOAA's Climate Prediction Center. In short, prepare now and stay safe.  

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Editors' Pick: Originally published on August 10, 2017.