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Forecasters predict ‘busy’ hurricane season

Residents may have to brace themselves for another mighty storm after US forecasters predicted that this year could be the busiest Atlantic hurricane season since 2012.

According to the Associated Press, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's updated outlook indicated 12 to 17 named storms, including five to eight hurricanes — two to four of which could be “major”.

On average, the US gets 12 named Atlantic storms a season, including six hurricanes, three of them major. The El Niño effect in the Pacific that tends to reduce Atlantic hurricane activity is now dissipating.

Gerry Bell, of NOAA's Climate Prediction Centre, said the opposite phenomenon, La Niña, may form as the six-month season peaks, but should not have a significant impact.

Damage caused: last year's Hurricane Joaquin (Photograph Blaire Simmons)

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Published August 12, 2016 at 9:00 am (Updated August 12, 2016 at 12:19 am)

Forecasters predict ‘busy’ hurricane season

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