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Here is a look at the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season.

Facts:

-- The 2014 Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to Nov. 30. The areas covered include the North Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea.

-- The National Weather Service defines a hurricane as "an intense tropical weather system with well-defined circulation and sustained winds of 74 mph (64 knots) or higher."

-- Hurricanes are rated according to intensity on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale. The 1-5 scale estimates potential property damage. A Category 3 or higher is considered a major hurricane.

-- The National Hurricane Center advises preparedness: A hurricane watch indicates the possibility that a region could experience hurricane conditions within 48 hours. A hurricane warning indicates that sustained winds of at least 74 mph are expected within 36 hours.

Predictions:

-- April 10, 2014 -- Forecasters William Gray and Phil Klotzbach of Colorado State University release their 2014 hurricane season predictions: nine named storms and three hurricanes, one of them major.

-- May 22, 2014 -- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration forecasts a near-normal or below-normal hurricane season, predicting that there is a 70 percent chance of having eight to 13 named storms, of which three to six could develop into hurricanes, including one to two major hurricanes (categories 3-5).

-- 2014 Atlantic Storm Names: Hurricane Arthur July 1, 2014. Tropical Storm Arthur forms off the east coast of Florida. July 3, 2014 and strengthens into a hurricane. Later, strengthens to a category 2 storm and makes landfall at 11:15 p.m. between Cape Lookout and Beaufort, N.C. On July 5, 2014, Arthur weakens to a post-tropical cyclone over Canada.

-- The rest of the names are: Bertha, Cristobal, Dolly, Edouard, Fay, Gonzalo, Hanna, Isaias, Josephine, Kyle, Laura, Marco, Nana, Omar, Paulette, Rene, Sally, Teddy, Vicky and Wilfred.