Over a dozen storms expected during Atlantic hurricane seasonListen /
Between 12 and 17 storms are expected in the Americas during the Atlantic hurricane season, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).
The agency cites an updated outlook for the season, issued by the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) late on Thursday.
NOAA indicated a 50 per cent chance of a near normal season, but increased the chance of an above normal season to 35 per cent during the period 1 June and 30 November.
Clare Nullis is WMO spokesperson in Geneva.
"Across the entire Atlantic Basin for the season NOAA is now predicting 12 to 17 named storms. These have top winds of 63 km/h or higher. This includes 5 to 8 hurricanes which have top winds of 119 km/h of which 2 to 3 could be major hurricanes. So far these seasons there have been 6 named storms – tropical storms Alberto, Beryl, Debbie, Florence and hurricanes Chris and Ernesto."
Ms. Nullis says Ernesto was the latest which has now weakened to a tropical storm over southern Mexico