Hurricane Forecast Gathers Strength

Early start to season could mean more and stronger storms
By Jess Kilby,  Newser User
Posted Aug 6, 2008 9:18 AM CDT
Boats at Dinner Key Marina destroyed by Hurricane Andrew in August 1992. Forecasters predict a 43% chance of at least one major hurricane hitting the East Coast during the 2008 storm season.    (KRT Photos)
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(Newser) – The 2008 hurricane season could be more intense than originally predicted, forecasters warned yesterday. July saw the earliest hurricane to ever form so far east in the Atlantic, prompting experts to up their season estimates from 15 to 17 named storms and from seven hurricanes to nine. Five of the hurricanes are expected to be major, reports the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.