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Laura Buchtel / WWL-TV Meteorologist

NOAA forecasters updated their hurricane outlook Thursday, increasing the likelihood of a below average season.

Forecasters are now predicting 7-12 named storms, 3-6 hurricanes and 0-2 major hurricanes.

These numbers are lower than previous forecasts released earlier this year.

Meteorologists say atmospheric conditions have not been favorable for storm development so far this season.

They credit the stronger winds and increased stability in the atmosphere in the Atlantic for keeping tropical storms from forming as easily.

The forecast still calls for El Nino to form later this season, which may suppress late-season storm development.

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