iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The Atlantic hurricane season, which begins next month, is forecast to be near or below average this year, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced on Thursday."NOAA predicts the Atlantic hurricane season in 2014 will have a range of eight to thirteen tropical storms, three to six of which will become hurricanes, and one to two of those may grow in strength and become Category 3 or higher major storms," NOAA Administrator Dr. Kathryn Sullivan said.One reason for the near- to below-normal season is the possibility that El Niño conditions will develop in the Atlantic, which makes hurricanes less likely."One way that El Niño suppresses Atlantic hurricane activity is by increasing the amount of wind shear, which inhibits cyclonic development growth and so reduces the number and the intensity of storms," Sullivan explained.The Atlantic hurricane season kicks off on June 1 and runs through Nov. 30. Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

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Hurricane season begins June 1st. Danny Mata sits down with FEMA’s Patricia Mancha on what you can do to be prepared.

While Hurricane Isaac eyes our Gulf Coast neighbors to the east, it’s a serious reminder for folks in our area to make sure you have…

via: cnn.com NOAA now predicts 12 to 17 named storms, up from the nine to 15 it predicted shortly before the June 1 start of hurricane season. Six named storms, including the current Tropical Storm/Hurricane Ernesto, have been produced so far. For the Atlantic Ocean, a normal season would produce 12 named storms (with top […]

With tropical storms Alberto and Beryl having already made pre-hurricane season appearances and marks in the Atlantic, the Harris County Flood Control District advises residents…

The start of Hurricane season is less than three weeks away and the City of Galveston says that preparing for hurricanes is a process that…

Via News92FM.Com This report is the first in a series in conjunction with the Harris County Flood Control District. With this being Texas’ Flood Safety Awareness Week 2012, The Harris County Flood Control District uses the week to help residents become informed about the area’s flood risks and take steps to secure and protect their […]

The 2011 hurricane season is expected to be well above average. The NOAA Climate Prediction Center is predicting 12-18 tropical cyclones, 6-10 hurricanes, and 3-6 major hurricanes of Category-3 strength or higher (111 mph or higher). An average season has just 11 tropical storms, six hurricanes, and two major hurricanes.

We must pray and be prepared. Are you prepared for an emergency? Maybe you already have smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors at home, along with a first aid kit, fire extinguisher and some flashlights