Active Hurricane Season Predicted for 2005

(AP) The East and Gulf coasts can expect another hurricane season that's worse than average.

That's the word from the the head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.  Conrad Lautenbacher, Junior says the Atlantic basin will have 12 to 15 tropical storms, with seven to nine becoming hurricanes. He says three to five of those hurricanes could be major, with sustained winds of at least 111 miles per hour.

He told a hurricane awareness conference in Bay Saint Louis, Mississippi, that it's too early to predict where they might hit.

Forecasters at Colorado State University also predict a "significantly above average" Atlantic hurricane season. In April, William Gray and his team said they expect 13 named storms including seven hurricanes, three of them major.

The hurricane season runs from June 1st through November 30th.

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