Tropical Storm Earl is the fifth named storm of the 2016 Atlantic hurricane season. As of Wednesday morning, hurricane warnings had been issued for Belize and the southern Yucatan Peninsula. As of that afternoon, Earl had reached hurricane-force strength before making landfall. This is just the second named storm of 2016.
NOAA predicted this year would be more active than the relatively quiet of recent years past, but near normal. The outlook included 10-16 named storms, 4-8 of which would become hurricanes, and with 1-3 of those reaching major hurricane status. So far this year, we have seen 5 named storms, 1 of which reached hurricane status.
The first two months have been relatively quiet this hurricane season. This is not that unusual. The majority of tropical storms form from late August to mid-October.
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