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El Nino may bring more hurricanes to Central Pacific

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 1:11 p.m. HST, May 21, 2014

The central Pacific could see an uptick in tropical cyclone activity this upcoming hurricane season, the Central Pacific Hurricane Center announced Wednesday. 

Forecasters expect the Central Pacific Basin, which includes Hawaii, to experience between four and seven tropical cyclones from June to November. 

There is an 80 percent chance of the Pacific area having normal or above normal cyclone activity, which includes tropical depressions, tropical storms and hurricanes, Tom Evans, acting director of the Central Pacific Hurricane Center, said during a news conference held at the Hawaii State Civil 

Defense headquarters in Diamond Head crater. 

The Central Pacific Basin's average activity is about 4 to 5 cyclones in a season.

Last year, forecasters expected a below average season, but the Central Pacific wound up having an above average year. 

El Nino conditions -- when the sea surface temperature is warmer than average -- are expected to worsen heading into the summer and fall, which could provide more favorable conditions for potentially disastrous storms to develop and retain strength as they travel north toward the isles.

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