May 22, 2017 / 2:05 PM / 4 months ago

FACTBOX - 2017 Atlantic hurricane season forecasts

Tropical Storm Otto is pictured forming approximately 175 miles east-southeast of San Andreas Island in the Caribbean Sea in this November 21, 2016 satellite handout photo. NOAA/Handout via REUTERS/Files

(Reuters) - The Weather Company, an International Business Machines Corp (IBM) business, said Monday data now suggests the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season will be more active than originally thought.

The Weather Company expects a total of 14 named storms, seven hurricanes, and three major hurricanes, including Tropical Storm Arlene, which formed in April.

In its previous forecast in April, The Weather Company projected there would be 12 named storms, six hurricanes and two major hurricanes.

The current forecast numbers are more than the long-term 1950-2016 normals of 12 named storms, seven hurricanes and three major hurricanes, but slightly fewer than the recent “active period” (1995-2016) normals of 15 named storms, eight hurricanes and three major hurricanes, The Weather Company said.

Reporting by Scott DiSavino; Editing by Bernadette Baum

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