NOAA 2017 Hurricane Predictions | Quimby's Cruising Guide

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) says the Atlantic could see another above-normal hurricane season from June 1 to November 30 this year.

Forecasters predict a 45-percent chance of an above-normal season, with a 70-percent likelihood of 11 to 17 named storms (winds of 39 mph or higher), of which five to nine could become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher), including two to four major hurricanes (Category 3, 4 or 5; winds of 111 mph or higher).

An average season produces 12 named storms of which six become hurricanes, including three major hurricanes.

“Regardless of how many storms develop this year, it only takes one to disrupt our lives,” said Acting FEMA Administrator Robert J. Fenton, Jr. “Get ready now with…steps that will leave you better prepared.”