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Hurricane Season Update

The Atlantic Hurricane Season could see a normal or below average number of storms this year.

That's the prediction from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
   
Forecasters estimate 8 to 13 named storms...
3 to 6 of which will become hurricanes.
And one to two of those hurricanes could grow in strength to become Category 3 or higher storms.
   
Florida hasn't been hit by a hurricane since Wilma in 2005. 
But the National Hurricane Center says that doesn't mean the state isn't at risk.

"No percentage number, no probability number high or low erases the fact that the real message is, we're starting into hurricane season. Any section of our coastline can be hit by a severe tropical storm.

And one storm -- whatever the probabilities are -- one storm can wreak tremendous havoc."
NOAA says the main factor driving the outlook is the expected formation of el nio this summer or early fall.

Chief Meteorologist Allen Strum with more on the outlook and what it means.
The outlook calls for a 50 percent chance of a below-normal season, a 40 percent chance of a near-normal season, and only a 10 percent chance of an above-normal season.

WEAR will help you get prepared with "Storm Watch 2014".
It's a half-hour special on what you need to know to protect your home and family.
   
The special airs Friday May 30th at 7 pm, right here on Channel Three.