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Hurricane season expected to have fewer storms this year

Scientists at NOAA are predicting a below-normal number of Atlantic storms during the 2014 hurricane season.

According to Discovery News, the Climate Prediction Center claims, “There's a 70 percent chance of a below-normal season, a 25 percent chance of a near-normal season and just a 5 percent chance of an above-normal hurricane season, which runs through October.”

That should come as good news to Floridians who have historically been the victims of some of the nation’s worst hurricanes.

While most people think of Hurricane Andrew in 1992, as the worst that ever hit the Sunshine State, there have been others dating back to the 1920’s.

In 1926, before hurricanes were given names, the 1926 Miami storm took the lives of up to 800 people and did more property damage than any previous storm

Just 2 years later, in 1928, the Okeechobee storm ripped up the shoreline from Palm Beach to Lake Okeechobee in central Florida. The 125 mph winds devastated the landscape and took the lives of nearly 2000 people.

Still, it was Hurricane Andrew that caught Florida with a vengeance. It had been 27 years since the last major hurricane hit Florida, which was enough time for at least some people to have lived their entire lives to adulthood without ever facing a powerful hurricane.

Author’s note: The opinions and commentary in this report are based on the author’s original reporting and independent analysis of public information.

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