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2014 hurricane outlook released

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Forecasters predict 8-13 tropical storms, three to six of which could become hurricanes. (Source: MGN) Forecasters predict 8-13 tropical storms, three to six of which could become hurricanes. (Source: MGN)
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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released their 2014 hurricane season outlook. The outlook predicts a near or below-average season, which begins June 1 and lasts for six months.

Forecasters predict 8-13 tropical storms, three to six of which could become hurricanes. One to two of those hurricanes could grow in strength and become a major hurricane – Category 3 or higher, according to NOAA.

One of the main reasons for the more conservative outlook is the forecasted development of El Niño, which is linked to the warmer than normal ocean water off the pacific coast of South America. Warm waters mean rising air, which turns into strong upper-level winds.

These winds can shear apart developing thunderstorms in the Atlantic, making it more difficult for cloud systems coming off of Africa to intensify into tropical storms.

While these outlooks provide a few useful insights, it should be taken with a grain of salt – it only takes one storm to wreak havoc. We urge all living along the east coast to always be prepared for potential tropical systems.

If a storm does develop, you can find the latest information at our Hurricane Tracker.

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