CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Meteorologists and researchers at Colorado State University have released some of the first predictions for the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season.
They're predicting a slightly above average season because of the low likelihood of a significant El Nino. The report predicts 14 named storms, seven hurricanes and three major hurricanes with a 63 percent chance that a major hurricane makes landfall somewhere along the U.S. coastline. "Major hurricanes" are considered category three, four or five with sustained winds of 111 miles per hour or greater.
The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June1 to Nov. 30. The 2017 season saw nine hurricanes and six major hurricanes. Irma had the most significant impact on the Lowcountry. Flooding was an issue from Georgetown to Ladson and into downtown Charleston. Power outages in the area were also prevalent in the days following the storm.
The official NOAA forecast is scheduled to come out at the end of May.