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The 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season begins

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New Bern, Craven County - Thursday, June 1, 2017 marks the beginning of the Atlantic Hurricane Season.

StormTrack 12 Meteorologists and other expert forecasters say it could be a busy season. They're predicting 11 to 17 named storms this season.

Five to nine of those are expected to become hurricanes with four becoming "major" hurricanes.

That means four are predicted to become a category three or higher with winds of at least 111 miles an hour.

The region already had tropical storm Arlene which formed in April. The next name on the list is "Bret".

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