Hurricane Season Begins

Today is the official start to the Atlantic hurricane season.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts that this year could be an above-normal year for storms.  Forecasters say there's a 70% chance that there could be anywhere from eleven to 17 named storms.

As many as nine of those could become hurricanes, meaning they would be packing winds over 74 miles-per-hour.

The first named storm of 2017, which formed in April, was Arlene. Among the other names set for storms this year are Don, Emily, Harvey, Ophelia and Vince.

An average season produces a dozen named storms, half of which typically become hurricanes.

The Atlantic hurricane season lasts until November 30th.

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