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NOAA boosts 2012 hurricane forecast


More storms are expected in the second half of the hurricane season
More storms are expected in the second half of the hurricane season

August 9, 2012 — Another six to 11 named storms are possible in the 2012 Atlantic Hurricane season, according to NOAA's latest forecast revision.

Tropical storm Ernesto swirls near Mexico
Tropical storm Ernesto swirls near Mexico

Forecasters say we should expect more serious storms than previously predicted this hurricane season.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration revised its forecast today, saying there could be between 12 and 17 named storms, from June 1 and November 30.

In May, NOAA predicted nine to 15 named storms. The agency also says five to eight of the named storms will become hurricanes. And two to three of those could be major hurricanes.

What's considered "major?" Category 3 or greater, with winds of at least 111 miles-per-hour.

So far this season, there have been six named storms: Alberto, Beryl, Chris, Debbie, Ernesto and Florence. Chris and Ernesto became hurricanes.

Ernesto is currently a tropical storm, traversing across Mexico. 

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