Get those emergency plans and kits ready, because this year could be a wild one for hurricanes, according to a 2010 hurricane outlook released Thursday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
The forecast calls for between 14 to 23 named storms with eight to 14 of them becoming hurricanes. Of those hurricanes, between three to seven of those could become major hurricanes of Category 3, 4 or 5 with sustained winds of at least 111 mph.
“This is the most active forecast for May we’ve issued,” said Gerry Bell, NOAA’s lead seasonal hurricane forecaster. “The patterns are in place for a lot of activity.”