The nation’s climate agency Thursday predicted an above-normal 2017 hurricane season with 11 to 17 named storms, five to nine of them hurricanes and two to four Category 3 or higher hurricanes.  The National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration
predicted a 45 percent chance

of the hurricane season that begins June 1 being above normal, a 35 percent chance of a normal season and a 20 percent chance of a below normal season. An average season is 12 named storms, six hurricanes and 3 major hurricanes. “The outlook reflects our expectation of a weak or non-existent El Nino, READ MORE