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US government set to release hurricane season outlook

By JENNIFER KAY
Associated Press

MIAMI (AP) - The U.S. government is set to release its forecast for how many hurricanes and tropical storms are expected to form over Atlantic and Caribbean waters in the next six months.

It's an annual reminder from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration that coastal living comes with significant risks.

The Atlantic hurricane season officially starts June 1, but tropical weather got a head-start this year: Hurricane Alex made an unseasonable debut in January over the far eastern Atlantic.

The National Hurricane Center says an area of low pressure between Bermuda and the Bahamas could be brewing into something bigger Friday or Saturday.

The 2015 season was slightly below average with 11 named storms, including Hurricane Joaquin, which killed all 33 mariners aboard a cargo ship that sank off the Bahamas.

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