CONWAY, S.C.  (AP/WVOC) - Scientists at Coast Carolina University expect no hurricane to make landfall along the East Coast or the Gulf of Mexico coastline this year.

The school's second annual hurricane forecast anticipates a “below- to near-normal” season for 2014.

Coastal Carolina researchers say the most likely forecast is for no landfall in the Southeast.

The second most likely scenario would be for one hurricane to hit the East Coast and another to strike in the Gulf of Mexico.

The forecast predicts between three and six hurricanes this year.

Last year, Coast Carolina scientists forecast one hurricane would make landfall in the Southeast.

No hurricane did, although several tropical storms affected the Southeast.