BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – The 2023 Atlantic Hurricane season is just days away.

NOAA is predicting near-normal hurricane activity in the Atlantic this year.

NOAA is also predicting 12 to 17 total named storms in 2023. At least five of those could become hurricanes, leading to at least one reaching category three or higher.

Louisiana was not impacted by any tropical systems in 2022. In 2021, Hurricane Ida hit Louisiana, devastating the coastal parishes, many of which are still recovering. In total, Hurricane Ida resulted in $75 billion in damage and 55 deaths.

“As we saw with Hurricane Ian, it only takes one hurricane to cause widespread devastation and upend lives. So regardless of the number of storms predicted this season, it is critical that everyone understand their risk and heed the warnings of state and local officials. Whether you live on the coast or further inland, hurricanes can cause serious impacts to everybody in their path,” said FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell.

Hurricane season starts June 1 and runs through the end of November.