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Atlantic hurricane season will be calmer, scientists say

A building supply company employee in Colington spray paints the price of plywood to protect windows in advance of Hurricane Hugo in 1989.
A building supply company employee in Colington spray paints the price of plywood to protect windows in advance of Hurricane Hugo in 1989. VPLS

The Atlantic hurricane season will be calmer than normal this year, say researchers at N.C. State University.

The season starts June 1 and runs through November.

Four to six named storms are expected to form in the Atlantic Basin, said professor Lian Xie.

An average of 11 named storms formed each season between 1950 and 2014.

Among the expected storms this year, one to three may grow strong enough to become hurricanes. Xie’s research evaluates more than 100 years of historical data on Atlantic hurricane positions and intensities. Bruce Henderson

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