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NOAA forecasts 9 to 14 tropical storms this season

Washington –

(AP) - Federal forecasters say hurricanes will strike
the United States this season and Americans must be prepared. They
predicted nine to 14 named tropical storms this year.
Gerry Bell, lead Atlantic hurricane forecaster for the National
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, says current projections
call for a near normal year for hurricanes. He says the named
storms are expected to include 4 to 7 hurricanes of which 1 to 3
are likely to be major storms.
Hurricane season officially starts June 1. Last year there were
16 named storms, of which 8 grew into hurricanes and 5 were major.
About 1,000 people lost their lives, mostly in flash flooding in
the Caribbean.

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