Get ready for an above-average hurricane season in 2018

Get ready for an above average Hurricane Season

(CNN)The 2018 hurricane season is shaping up to be "near- or above-normal" -- though not to the degree seen last year, when 17 named storms formed and three major hurricanes struck US soil -- the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, said Thursday. Ten to 16 named storms -- including five to nine hurricanes, and one to four major hurricanes with Category 3 strength or higher -- are predicted this Atlantic hurricane season, which begins June 1, the federal agency predicted.

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