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Atlantic Forecast to Unleash Up to 21 Storms This Hurricane Season

  • Seventh straight above-average hurricane season expected
  • Atlantic hurricanes threaten agriculture and energy markets
Damaged homes in floodwater after Hurricane Ida in Pointe-Aux-Chenes, Louisiana, on Sept. 2, 2021.
Damaged homes in floodwater after Hurricane Ida in Pointe-Aux-Chenes, Louisiana, on Sept. 2, 2021.Photographer: Mark Felix/Bloomberg
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The Atlantic is poised for its seventh consecutive overactive hurricane season, a worrying forecast for coastal residents as well as energy and commodity markets already roiled by Russia’s war in Ukraine.

Six to 10 hurricanes could form in the Atlantic between June and November, with three to six becoming major systems, the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicted Tuesday. In all, 14 to 21 named storms could form -- with the upper end matching last year as the third-most active season. Major storms boast winds of 111 miles (179 kilometers) per hour or more. An average season produces 14 named storms that produce winds of at least 39 miles an hour.