Hurricane Season officially begins Saturday

The 2019 Atlantic hurricane season officially starts Saturday.

The six-month hurricane season is predicted to be near-normal by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, with 9 to 15 named tropical storms expected to form.

Of those, 4 to 8 should strengthen into hurricanes. 

A tropical storm becomes a hurricane once its sustained winds reach 74 mph. 

A typical season sees 12 tropical storms, of which 6 become hurricanes. 

In April, meteorologists at Colorado State University estimated 13 tropical storms will form, 5 of which will become hurricanes. 

 

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