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Officials forecast weaker than normal 2014 hurricane season

According to predictions released Tuesday by officials from Coastal Carolina University, located just a few miles west of Myrtle Beach in Conway, the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season will be “below to near normal” for the Grand Strand.

If the university’s predictions are right, only one hurricane — or less — will make landfall on the East Coast or in the Gulf of Mexico this year.

Officials offered two scenarios for the season, which begins June 1 and ends Nov. 30, including the prediction of between nine to 11 tropical storms. No major hurricanes made landfall during the 2013 season and only tropical storms impacted land in the U.S.

In Myrtle Beach, the last tropical storm to pass through the area was T.S. Andrea in June 2013 which hit to the northwest of the area and the Grand Strand hasn’t seen the full effects of a hurricane since Hurricane Charley in August 2004 which came just offshore with 75mph winds.

This is the second year that CCU officials have released a prediction forecast for the upcoming Atlantic hurricane season. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration also issues hurricane season predictions and its forecast is expected later this month.

To read the full story on the forecast see this story written by Tonya Root of The Sun News or check out more area weather information here.