Feds Predict Up to 6 Major Atlantic Hurricanes

...meaning storms that top 111mph
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 19, 2011 12:45 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Government forecasters released their prediction for the 2011 hurricane season today, and it’s going to be a bumpy one. The National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration is expecting three to six major hurricanes from an above average Atlantic storm season. As many as 18 named tropical storms may develop, and as many as 10 of those could strengthen into hurricanes with top winds of at least 74mph. Three to six could become major hurricanes, with maximum winds of 111mph and up.

The six-month Atlantic hurricane season begins June 1 and ends Nov. 30. Last year's hurricane season was one of the busiest on record with 19 named storms, including 12 hurricanes. No major hurricane has made a US landfall in the last five years, but scientists say coastal residents can't expect their luck to hold.

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