This photo taken from video provided by NASA on Jan. 15, 2016, shows Hurricane Alex seen from the International Space Station. The rare January hurricane in the Atlantic closed in on the Azores, with authorities in the Portuguese islands warning of waves up to 60 feet high, wind gusts up to 100 mph and torrential rain. (NASA via AP)

(Bloomberg) – The Atlantic basin will see the most named storms since the 2012 season, the year Sandy crippled the U.S. East Coast, with five to eight of those strengthening into hurricanes by Nov. 30, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said.

NOAA increased its outlook from 12 to 17 named storms with winds of at least 39 miles (63 kilometers) per hour in the tropical Atlantic after the end of El Niño, which can produce winds that damage systems, according to an updated forecast released Thursday. Two to four storms could grow into major hurricanes with winds of at least 111 miles per hour. 

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