Federal forecasters with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says this year's Atlantic hurricane season will be less active than they previously predicted.

NOAA forecasters says there have been changes with atmospheric and oceanic conditions which will lead to suppressing storm formation.

They say to still expect 3 to 6 hurricanes between August and mid-October, but the number of named storms expected went down from between 7 and 12.

Their new forecast came out Thursday.

Forecasters says there could be up to two hurricanes with winds higher than 110 miles per hour, but there is a 70 percent chance that the season will be less active than they originally thought.

NOAA says a typical season would have 12 named storms with six of those turning into hurricanes, and three of them growing into major storms.

Only two hurricanes have formed this year.