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NOAA says the central Pacific region will see more hurricanes than average this season

In this Aug. 7, 2014, file photo, clouds hang over Honolulu as Hurricane Iselle approaches. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Central Pacific Hurricane Center says the 2015 hurricane season in the region will see more storms than average from June 1 through Nov. 30. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia, File)

In this Aug. 7, 2014, file photo, clouds hang over Honolulu as Hurricane Iselle approaches. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Central Pacific Hurricane Center says the 2015 hurricane season in the region will see more storms than average from June 1 through Nov. 30. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia, File)  (The Associated Press)

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Central Pacific Hurricane Center says the 2015 hurricane season in the region will see more tropical cyclones than average.

The prediction means Hawaii and the surrounding area will likely see between five and eight storms this season.

In 2014 there were five hurricanes in the region, which falls within the average of four to five storms per year. The last hurricane to directly hit Hawaii was Iniki in 1992. In 2014, Hurricane Iselle approached the island chain but weakened to a tropical storm just before making landfall. Two other major storms barely missed the state last year.

The region's hurricane season lasts from June 1 through Nov. 30.