NOAA is increasing the number of hurricanes and tropical storms it expects this storm season in the Atlantic Ocean.
The new forecast shows there will be 10-to-17 named storms, five-to-nine hurricanes, and up to four major hurricanes this season.
These numbers include the two named storms that have already occurred, Andrea and Barry.
“Today’s updated outlook is a reminder to be prepared,” said Pete Gaynor, acting FEMA administrator. “We urge everyone to learn more about hurricane hazards and prepare now, ahead of time, so that if state and local authorities announce evacuations in advance of a storm, you and your family will have planned where to go and what to do to stay safe.”
The increase is based on rising numbers from the end of El Nino conditions in the Pacific.
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