The official start of the hurricane season in the Central Pacific is on June 1 and forecasters say it could be an active one.
The Central Pacific Hurricane Center released its official forecast on Wednesday.
"We're expecting four to seven tropical cyclones for the season," said Tom Evans of the Central Pacific Hurricane Center.
That's just above the average of four to five storms a season. The big reasoning behind the higher numbers is the indication that El Nino could form late this summer.
"There's a 65 percent chance of it happening over the summer and up to 80 percent when we get to the fall and our season runs all the way through November into the fall," said Evans.
El Nino is the warming of ocean waters near the equator which triggers more storm development.
"As the ocean warms, we get less wind off the ocean which allows more warming to occur and warm waters is one of the ingredients for the development of the tropical cyclone and for them to also continue," said Evans.
Not only could it mean more development, but the storms could form later in the hurricane season. The big message from this announcement -- we should all be prepared.
"Preparation is the key here. Even though we haven't had a hit on Oahu for a long, long time, it can still happen," said Evans. "We could be affected by a tropical storm. We could still get a direct hit of a hurricane."
KITV4 News will host a Hurricane Special on June 5. Our weather team will give you trips on how to protect your home, pets, and even boats.