Experts are calling for a below-normal hurricane season this year, as a potential El Niño may limit the development of storms, AccuWeather said.
AccuWeather meteorologists are predicting 10 named storms, five of which are projected to become hurricanes and three of which may become major hurricanes.
The 2017 season, which runs from June 1 to Nov. 30, follows the deadliest in over 10 years for the Atlantic basin.
Last season spawned 15 named storms, seven of which were hurricanes. It was also the costliest Atlantic hurricane season since 2012.
"The big factor is going to be the fact that we now believe El Niño will come on board some time during the summer and will continue all the way through the rest of the hurricane season," AccuWeather Meteorologist Dan Kottlowski said.
El Niño is characterized by warmer-than-normal ocean water temperatures in the Pacific Ocean near the equator.
It typically causes episodes of strong westerly winds in the tropical Atlantic, which inhibit the development of storms.
"That's the No. 1 reason we're going with just below normal," Kottlowski said.
Deep, warm water and high sea surface temperatures over the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean also threaten to support at least one high impact hurricane similar to Joaquin in 2015 and Matthew in 2016.
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