Hurricane season ahead: Forecast calls for 2-6 tropical cyclones in Central Pacific

Hilo’s Bayfront and the entry to Wailoa Center were flooded in August 2018 as Hurricane Lane passed west of the Big Island. (TIM WRIGHT/Hawaii Tribune-Herald file)

Wailuku River flooding is seen Aug. 23, 2018, near Hilo as Hurricane Lane passed the Big Island. (Jessica Henrick/AP photo)

Hurricane Lane is seen Aug. 22, 2018, from the International Space Station. (RICKY ARNOLD/NASA photo/file)

Forecasters are calling for near- to below-normal tropical cyclone activity within the Central Pacific this hurricane season.