NEW ORLEANS — This 2019 hurricane season ended on Saturday, November 30. This season brought 18 named storms, including six hurricanes and three major hurricanes.

Hurricane Dorian was the strongest storm of the season which devastated the Bahamas.

The average numbers for an Atlantic season are 12 named storms, six hurricanes, and three major hurricanes.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicted 10 to 17 named storms. It said five to nine of them would become hurricanes and two to four of those would become major hurricanes with 111 mph winds or higher.

Colorado State University, which pioneered hurricane season predictions, predicted 14 named storms, seven to become hurricanes and two to hit major status.

IBM's Weather Company called for 14 named storms, seven hurricanes and three majors. Accuweather called for 12 to 14 named storms, five to seven hurricanes and two to four major storms.

The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season starts on June 1.

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