US hurricane season starts early

2012-05-25 12:54

Miami - US forecasters predict there will be about nine to 15 storms during this year's Atlantic hurricane season.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released its initial outlook on Thursday for the six-month storm season that officially begins on 1 June.

The season got an early start when Tropical Storm Alberto formed off South Carolina's coast on Saturday.
The agency predicts that this year's total will include four to eight hurricanes. One to three could become major hurricanes.

Last year marked the sixth consecutive year without the US landfall of a major hurricane, classified as Category 3 storms with sustained winds of 178km/h or higher.

  • louis.langenhoven - 2012-05-25 13:32

    Glad we don't really have them here

      JNaMolefe - 2012-05-25 14:17

      Yay, I agree..

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