Published: Jun 01, 2010 4:13 PM EDT
Updated: Jun 01, 2010 1:13 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) - The 2010 Atlantic hurricane season has officially begun. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is predicting an active season this year, with as many as 23 named tropical storms.

An estimated eight to 14 storms could strengthen into hurricanes. Of those storms, three to seven could become major hurricanes.

There were three hurricanes during the 2009 Atlantic season, none of which came ashore in the United States. The first named storm of this Atlantic hurricane season, which runs through Nov. 30, will be called Alex.