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Experts predict 'quiet' 2014 hurricane season

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    Andrea Bagley
    Digital Reporter

    Friday, April 11, 2014, 9:39 AM -

    Meteorologists Philip Klotzbach and William Gray of Colorado State University are predicting a quieter Atlantic hurricane season.

    Their annual preseason forecast, released on Thursday, predicted nine tropical storms will form, but only three will become hurricanes with one of them gaining major hurricane status of Category 3 or higher.

    That's well below the Atlantic basin average of 12 named storms, six hurricanes and three major hurricanes and Klotzbach says a predicted El Nino is one factor that led to their quiet forecast.

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    "The tropical Atlantic has anomalously cooled over the past several months, and the chances of a moderate to strong El Nino event this summer and fall appear to be quite high," Klotzbach said. "Historical data indicate fewer storms form in these conditions."

    Still, Klotzbach warns that it only takes one landfall event to make it an "active season."

    As a result, coastal residents should always take the proper precautions.

    Last year, 18 named storms were forecast with nine hurricanes and four major hurricanes. Only 14 named storms formed and two hurricanes.

    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will be issuing its hurricane forecast in May.

    The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30.

    With files from CNN

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