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U.S. Forecasters Are Expecting an Overactive Hurricane Season

May 21, 2020, 4:32 PM

It’s becoming unanimous. Federal researchers are now weighing in on the hurricane season ahead, forecasting as many as 19 named storms for the year, at least six of which are likely to become hurricanes.

A typical season produces 12 storms, which are named when their winds reach 39 miles (63 kilometers) per hour. In all, 6 to 10 hurricanes could form, with 3 to 6 carrying winds of 111 miles per hour or more, the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Thursday.

Warm waters, the lack of a Pacific El Nino, and a greater African monsoon were among...

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