The U.S. hasn’t been hit by a major hurricane since 2005, a record that probably won’t be extended if 2016 is a big year with strong storms. (Photo: Shutterstock)

(Bloomberg) — The chances the Atlantic will spit out more hurricanes and tropical storms this year than 2015 just edged up.

The reason is half a world away in the Pacific. The odds are looking better that El Nino will be gone by the time the heart of the season rolls around, starting in late August.

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