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Hurricane season update, get ready.

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Although Tropical Storm Colin will likely have little impact on our area the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration continues to caution of a busy hurricane season in the Atlantic, as the peak months for activity begin.

NOAA released its seasonal adjustments for the 2010 hurricane season late Thursday morning, forecasting 14 to 20 named storms have a 70 percent chance of developing through November. Eight to 12 of the storms are predicted to hit hurricane status, while four to six could become major storms.

"While seasonal predictions are helpful," says Meteorologist Colin Hackman, "it only takes one storm to change a coastline and a community."

Hackman says this year it is a "La Nina" year.  The "La Nina" is cooler than normal sea-surface temperatures in the central and eastern tropical Pacific ocean that impact global weather patterns.  That means formation of Atlantic hurricanes are aided by favorable dynamics that help Atlantic hurricanes grow in numbers and strength. 

So far, three named storms have developed:

Tropical Storm Colin continues to churn in the Atlantic. Hurricane Alex made landfall June 30 in northern Mexico. Tropical Storm Bonnie forced crews drilling a relief well in the Gulf to evacuate last month.

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