(WVUE) - Residents of southeast Louisiana know not to get too excited, but researchers think the upcoming hurricane season might be a little less active.
Hurricane researchers at Colorado State University say there will be "slightly below average" activity during the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane season.
The center predicts there will be 11 named storms in the upcoming season. Four of those will become hurricanes and two will reach major hurricane strength.
Major hurricane strength is defined as a Category 3,4, or 5 with sustained winds of 111 mph or greater.
The report also includes the probability of major hurricanes making landfall:
- 42 percent for the entire U.S. coastline (average for the last century is 52 percent)
- 24 percent for the U.S. East Coast including the Florida peninsula (average for the last century is 31 percent)
- 24 percent for the Gulf Coast from the Florida panhandle westward to Brownsville (average for the last century is 30 percent)
- 34 percent for the Caribbean (average for the last century is 42 percent)