Quieter hurricane season predicted
NEW ORLEANS - The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released figures which predicted a lighter-than-average Atlantic hurricane season Wednesday.
Administrator Kathryn Sullivan joined Joe Nimmich of the Federal Emergency Management Administration and New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu for a news conference to release the numbers Wednesday.
NOAA estimated between six and 11 named tropical storms, with three to six hurricanes and up to two major hurricanes.
Hurricane season officially runs June 1 through Nov. 30. But this season's first storm, Tropical Storm Ana, came earlier this month.
University of Colorado scientists William Gray and Philip Klotzenbach said in April they expect one of the least active seasons since the mid-20th century.
It's the 10th hurricane season since Katrina and Rita slammed the Gulf Coast.
Tune in to News 2 this Sunday, May 31 at 6 p.m. for WBRZ's annual hurricane preparedness special, Weathering the Storm.