NOAA predicts another active Atlantic hurricane season

After a record-shattering 30-named storms during the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season - which brought destructive storms that pounded Central America, the U.S. Gulf Coast and beyond - U.S. government forecasters on Thursday predicted an above-normal season again in 2021.

Marking the sixth year of an above-average number of hurricanes.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration - known as NOAA - released their official Atlantic hurricane season outlook, with 13-20 total named storms expected.

Of these named storms, NOAA forecast that between 6 to 10 will be hurricanes with winds of at least 74 mph.

And 3 to 5 major hurricanes - with sustained winds of at least 111 miles per hour.

Academic and commercial meteorologists have also predicted an above-average season for 2021, but not as busy as 2020 because of an end to the LaNina system that promotes storm formation.

The 2021 hurricane season is ALREADY off to an early start, with a storm expected to form off Bermuda this week.