HALIFAX - Atlantic Canadians can expect a near-normal hurricane season this year.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Canadian Hurricane Centre are predicting 9 to 15 named storms this season.
Of those storms, 4 to 8 could become possible hurricanes while 2 to 4 could become major hurricanes.
According to the NOAA, an average hurricane season produces 12 named storms, of which 6 become hurricanes, including 3 major hurricanes.
The 2019 Atlantic hurricane season officially starts June 1 and ends Nov. 30.