NOAA predicts near average Atlantic hurricane season

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NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center released their 2019 tropical outlook  for the Atlantic Basin and trends look to stay around normal.

NOAA predicts 9-15 total named storms for the season. Of the named storms 4-8 are expected to become hurricanes and 2-4 of those are expected to be major hurricanes. These all fall within normal ranges based on a 30 year average.

A major hurricane is defined as Category 3 or higher as classified by the Saffir-Simpson Scale.

Last year the Atlantic Basin saw 15 named storms, eight hurricanes, and two major hurricanes.

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Cecilia Reeves joined the 41 First Alert Storm Team as Chief Meteorologist in August of 2016.  She grew up just north of Macon, in McDonough, GA but attended the University of Alabama and received an undergraduate degree in Telecommunications and Film with a concentration in Broadcast Journalism.  Upon graduation in Tuscaloosa, she traveled up to road to Starkville, MS where she received a Masters of Science in Broadcast Meteorology.  In her career she has worked on the West Coast, in the Midwest, and now back home in the Southeast.  When she is not forecasting she enjoys training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, cheering on her teams (Alabama Crimson Tide, Atlanta Falcons, and the Kansas City Royals), and playing with her dogs: Dora and Winston.