After three years of below-normal hurricane activity — and 10 years without a major hurricane (Category 3 or higher) making U.S. landfall — the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is predicting a “near normal” hurricane season in 2016.

Of course, there were two named storms before the official June 1 start to the season: Alex, which formed over the far eastern Atlantic in January; and Bonnie, a tropical storm that brought heavy rain to parts of South Carolina in late May.


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