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Despite slow August start, Atlantic hurricane season still predicted to be above-normal

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

August through October are typically the most active months of hurricane season, but so far this month things have been quiet in the Atlantic basin.  Forecasters caution that the peak of hurricane activity is likely still to come.  

The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is still forecasting an above-normal hurricane season.  

The conditions in place now (warm sea surface temperatures and a rainy pattern in West Africa) are similar to many other active seasons in the Atlantic.

NOAA's updated seasonal outlook projects a 70 percent chance of seeing 13-19 named storms, with winds of at least 39 mph.  Of those 6-9 are expected to become hurricanes, 3-5 of which could become major hurricanes producing winds of 111 mph or higher.

This only slightly modifies the pre-season outlook which called for 13-20 named storms, 7-11 hurricanes and 3-6 major hurricanes reaching Category 3 or higher on the Saffir-Simpson scale.

Typically the most active month is September.  

Emergency management officials remind those living further inland that significant flooding can occur far from shore, so remember to have your family's emergency plan in place before the storm hits.

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