The number and intensity of hurricanes in the Atlantic region is likely to be lower because of El Niño.
A statement released today from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said the anticipated development of El Niño will mean stronger wind shear, which reduces the storm number.
NOAA said there is a 50 percent chance of a below-normal season and a 40 percent change of a near-normal season.
The chance of an above-normal season is at 10 percent.
“Even though we expect El Niño to suppress the number of storms this season, it’s important to remember it takes only one land falling storm to cause a disaster,” Dr. Kathryn Sullivan, NOAA administrator, said in the release.
There were two Atlantic hurricanes in 2013 — named Humberto and Ingrid. The Atlantic region includes the North Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico, according to NOAA.
May 25-31 is National Hurricane Preparedness Week, according to the release. Hurricane season begins June 1 and lasts six months.
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