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Tropical cyclone forecast for central Pacific is 1 to 3

May 25, 2013
The Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - It's looking like it'll be a below-normal hurricane season for the central Pacific.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued its 2013 central Pacific hurricane outlook Wednesday at a news conference in Honolulu. Hurricane season starts June 1 and runs through Nov. 30.

NOAA expects one to three tropical cyclones to affect the central Pacific this season. Tropical cyclones include tropical depressions, tropical storms and hurricanes. During an average season, there are four to five tropical cyclones.

Climate conditions call for a 70 percent chance of a below-normal season, with only a 5 percent chance of an above-normal season, NOAA said.

Last year's outlook also called for a below-normal season.

Officials are urging the public to be prepared by signing up for weather alerts, developing a family emergency plan and building an emergency kit.

"Just because the season is predicted to be 'below normal' does not mean that a single storm cannot have significant impacts," said Ray Tanabe, director of NOAA's Central Pacific Hurricane Center.



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