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Nine Major Atlantic Storms Predicted For this Year's Season

By KJ Mullins     Jun 1, 2007 in Environment
With hours to go before this year's hurricane season is to start researcher William Gray predicts nine major storms with five to turn intense. The researcher from Colorado State University says it will be a very active year.
In addition to the predicted hurricanes he predicts 17 named storms. The prediction is almost the same as his earlier prediction this year. The hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30.
There is a 74 percent chance of the US coastline being hit by at least one storm. There is a 50 percent chance it will be on the East Coast.
The hurricane seasons lately have been deadly. In 2005 Hurricane Katrina virtually wiped out New Orleans and much of the towns along the Gulf of Mexico. Damages are still being taken care of as the areas affected struggle to recover.
"We expect an above-average hurricane season," said Phil Klotzbach, a member of Gray's team and lead author of the forecast.
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