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NOAA predicts near to slightly above average hurricane season

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The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration released its predictions Friday morning for the 2016 Atlantic hurricane season.

Forecasters expect near to slightly above average activity this year.

They predict there will be 10 to 16 named storms with four to eight of those becoming hurricanes and of those, one to four could become major hurricanes (Category 3 and stronger).

Despite June 1 being the official start of hurricane season, there have already been two named tropical systems.

Tropical Storm Bonnie formed Saturday off the coast of South Carolina and Hurricane Alex (Cat. 1) formed in the eastern Atlantic back in January. Alex was the first hurricane to form in the month of January since 1938.

WAFB will be airing its annual hurricane special, "The 5th Season," at 6:30 p.m.

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