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2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season Fast Facts

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(CNN)Here is a look at the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season.

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

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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 - Strengthens into a hurricane. Later, strengthens to a category 2 storm and makes landfall at 11:15 p.m. between Cape Lookout and Beaufort, North Carolina.
    July 5, 2014 -
    Arthur weakens to a post-tropical cyclone over Canada.

    Hurricane Bertha
    July 31, 2014 - Forms in the Atlantic Ocean.
    August 4, 2014 -
    Strengthens into a hurricane.
    August 6, 2014 - Dissipates south of Halifax, Nova Scotia.

    Hurricane Cristobal
    August 24, 2014 -
    Tropical Storm Cristobal forms near the southeastern Bahamas.
    August 25, 2014 -
    Strengthens into a hurricane.

    Tropical Storm Dolly
    September 2, 2014 -
    Tropical Storm Dolly forms in the Bay of Campeche.

    Edouard
    Fay
    Gonzalo
    Hanna
    Isaias
    Josephine
    Kyle
    Laura
    Marco
    Nana
    Omar
    Paulette
    Rene
    Sally
    Teddy
    Vicky
    Wilfred