The 2016 Atlantic hurricane season kicked off on June 1. NOAA's Climate Prediction Center says it will most likely be a near-normal season.
This means there is a 70 percent likelihood of 10 to 16 named storms—with winds of 39 mph or greater. Of those storms, four to eight could become hurricanes—with winds of 74 mph or greater. This prediction includes the possibility of one to four developing into major hurricanes. A major hurricane has winds of 111 mph or greater and is a category 3, 4, or 5. It's only the first week of the season and we've already had three named storms. It's still early in the season, so make your emergency plans now and stock up on supplies. It doesn't matter how many storms are predicted each year—it only takes one storm to cause damage. For additional information, read the Climate Prediction Center's report.