NOAA Predicts Near or Below Normal Hurricane Season

Boaters and coastal residents should still remain vigilant about storm preparation.

NOAA is predicting a near normal to below normal hurricane season for 2014.Courtesy NOAA

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is predicting a 50 percent chance of a below normal hurricane season, with a 10 percent chance of above normal storm activity.

What does this mean? It means a 70 percent likelihood there will be between 8 and 13 named storms this year, with 3 to 6 becoming hurricanes. So while the headline may seem comforting, it matters little if only one major storm develops if that storm is headed your way.

So it's important for everyone to remain vigilant in storm preparation, having a plan for your family and house in place well before the storm warnings start. Also know what you're going to do with your boat.

For this season, NOAA is touting its new Storm Surge mapping tool to help coastal residents keep on top of storm surge and flooding threats.

NOAA is rolling out a new storm surge mapping tool.

Meanwhile, follow these 10 HURRICANE TIPS FOR BOATERS.

And, learn how to deal with POST-STORM HAZARDS.