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Despite slow start, hurricane season expected to be busy
By Heather McPherson,  Newser User
Posted Jul 25, 2007 4:08 PM CDT
Al Caffrey braves the strong wind and rain as he crosses Las Olas Boulevard at A1A in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., in the midst of Tropical Storm Barry, Friday, June 1, 2007. The storm's formation prompted...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Heavy storms are on the way, weather forecasters warn, despite a typically quiet beginning to the hurricane season. In fact, the government's top forecasting agency predicts an above-average number of storms this year—13 to 17, with 3 to 5 becoming intense hurricanes, Reuters reports.

But forecasters may lower those predictions because sea surface temperatures in the Atlantic have cooled, after several years above normal; heavy Saharan dust is thought to have blanketed skies over the Atlantic, blocking sunlight. The Atlantic hurricane season usually peaks on September 10, with the largest number of storms hitting between August 20 and October 14.