As the United States Coast Guard continues searching for missing people after a commercial ship capsized Tuesday in the Gulf of Mexico due to a thunderstorm, Louisiana residents are preparing for more upcoming storms in a hurricane season forecasted to be more active than usual.

"This is going to be a rough summer," Adrienne Webber, 57, who is originally from southern Louisiana, told CBS News. "Make sure you're prepared."

According to a study published Thursday by the Weather Company, 18 different named storms — including eight hurricanes and three major hurricanes — are predicted to hit the Atlantic Basin during this hurricane season, which officially runs between June 1 and November 30. This projection, while shy of last year's record of 30 named storms, is above the 30-year average.

With over a month to go until the official start of hurricane season, severe weather is already taking a toll on the area. On Tuesday afternoon, a 129-foot commercial ship capsized eight miles south of Port Fourchon, Louisiana, where there were high seas and winds of up to 90 miles per hour. Nineteen people were aboard at the time. Four were killed and nine remain missing.

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