LAFAYETTE, La. (KPEL News) - With Hurricane Beryl having made landfall and millions now without power, we officially have our first major U.S. storm of Hurricane Season. While it did not make landfall as a powerful storm, it is still bringing major rain and wind to southeast Texas.

Hurricane season runs from June through November, and while we do occasionally see some strong storms earlier in the year, mid-to-late summer is really when things kick off.

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Hurricane Beryl is the first of what is expected to be several major storms we'll see this year. As it crossed over the Caribbean, it was the earliest we've ever seen a Category 4 storm in recorded history. It lost power as it came into the Gulf of Mexico, though it did power back up to a Category 1 hurricane before making landfall in Texas.

So far, it has left a lot of folks without power and multiple Texas residents dead. You can see our coverage of the storm below.


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But what can Louisiana and Texas expect over the next week as this hurricane season continues? The forecast from the National Hurricane Center seems hopeful.

7-Day Tropics Forecast

The good news for those of us living close to the Gulf Coast is that the tropics appear to be really quiet over the next week or so, according to long-range forecasts.

The National Hurricane Center is showing Beryl as the only system currently active.

Credit: National Hurricane Center/NOAA
Credit: National Hurricane Center/NOAA
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The NHC, which serves as part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA), tracks these tropical systems closely, and like several other groups, it puts out a forecast ahead of the hurricane season as to what we can expect.

The agency's forecast for this year, which they were 85 percent confident on, called for 17-25 named storms, with 4-7 of them being major hurricanes.

That forecast was the most severe outlook NOAA had ever given in its May hurricane season update, which came out days before the season officially started on June 1.

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