CSU 2019 Hurricane Season Forecast Below Normal

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Daytona Beach, FL - A weak "El Nino" weather pattern should mean less hurricane activity in the Atlantic this year.

That's according to the experts at Colorado State University's Tropical Meteorology Project.

The group is calling for 13 named storms in 2019, including five hurricanes and two major hurricanes, defined as Category 3 or higher.

The CSU group called for 14 named storms, seven hurricanes and three major hurricanes just before the start of the 2018 season.

It followed a below-average prediction for 2017.

AccuWeather is predicting a near-normal or slightly above the normal number of storms to form during the six-month hurricane season beginning June 1st.

NOAA is expected to release its 2019 prediction before the start of the hurricane season.

Florida News Network contributed to this report.

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