Forecasters now expect less active Atlantic hurricane season
MIAMI (AP) - U.S. forecasters say the Atlantic hurricane season may be less active than they previously predicted.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's updated outlook predicts nine to 13 named storms, including four to seven hurricanes. Up to two hurricanes could be "major" with sustained winds of at least 111 mph (178 kph).
Four storms already have developed this year, including two hurricanes in July.
Gerry Bell of NOAA's Climate Prediction Center said Thursday that oceanic and atmospheric conditions have become "much more inhospitable to hurricane formation and intensification."
Bell said the El Nino phenomenon also may develop as the six-month season peaks. That natural warming in the Pacific Ocean tends to reduce Atlantic hurricane activity.
He warned coastal residents the forecast doesn't predict where any storms could make landfall, which is determined by short-term weather patterns.
Desktop NewsClick to open Continuous News in a sidebar that updates in real-time.
Good Samaritan who tried to save Baton Rouge teen swept up in...
Ochsner Milk Bank in need of donations amid baby formula shortage
Storage building cleans up after 2 On Your Side report, parish makes...
Nearly 9 months after Hurricane Ida, first responders bracing for new storm...
Mayor of Gonzales asks for heavier patrols after deadly late-night shooting
Southern baseball wins game one 21-2 over Alcorn
VIDEO: Former Saints and Tiger Devery Henderson talks about the difference between...
New NCAA rules tweak opens door for more SEC dominance
VIDEO: Devery Henderson Talk about Bluegrass Miracle and the Saints "Rebirth game"
VIDEO: Former Tigers and Saints receiver Devery Henderson talks with Corey Rholdon...