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Overview of the 2018 Atlantic Basin Hurricane Season

The 2018 hurricane season was more active than originally anticipated – driven by a very active early September, including Hurricane Florence, and then Hurricane Michael in early October.
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Colorado State University (CSU) released its initial Atlantic basic hurricane forecast on April 5, and then updated this forecast on May 31, July 2 and August 2 to reflect changes in the atmosphere and ocean that occurred during the spring and the first two months of summer. Initial seasonal forecasts called for
slightly above-normal activity in 2018. CSU lowered its outlook to a near-normal season on May 31 and called for below-normal activity on July 2 and August 2. During the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season, there were 15 named storms, 8 hurricanes and 2 major hurricanes. Major hurricanes are defined as those storms ranked as a Category 3 or higher on the Saffir-Simpson Wind Scale.

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