MIAMI, Fla. - The federal government's weather arm, NOAA, is out with their predictions for the 2012 Atlantic Hurricane Season, and they say "near normal" activity is expected.
In a press conference on Thursday, NOAA scientists predicted that there will be anywhere from 9-15 named storms. They say 4-8 of those will become hurricanes and that of those hurricanes, 1-3 will develope into major hurricanes.
Dr. Robert Detrick with NOAA says, "If El Nino develops by late summer or early fall, it could shift the seasons activity towards the lower end of the predicted rain." Detrick went on to say that despite the mild predictions for the 2012 season, the bottom line is that citizens need to be prepared.
During the conference call, FEMA Deputy Director for Protection and National Preparedness, Tim Manning said that they stand ready to respond to the needs of the public as we approach hurricane season. "The time to prepare is now. It takes one storm to come ashore... to create a disaster," Manning said.
The 2012 Atlantic Hurricane Season officially begins June 1st and runs through November 30th.
Keep up with all of the latest on Storm Season with Operation Stormwatch.