Hurricane season starts this weekend.
Government forecasters are predicting a near-normal Atlantic hurricane season this year.
That means 9 to 15 named storms are likely with 2 to 4 Category 3 hurricanes with winds exceeding 110 mph.
But the Atlantic Ocean is expected to see warmer than average temperatures, so when storms do form they could be powerful.
However some researchers point out that the most important aspects of hurricanes can’t be predicted: how many will make landfall.
This year has already seen one named storm: subtropical storm Andrea.
It set a record for marking the fifth consecutive year an unnamed storm has formed before the official start of hurricane season.