NOAA forecasts average hurricane season

May 22, 2001|By KNIGHT RIDDER/TRIBUNE

The federal government has forecast an average hurricane season with five to seven powerful storms.

Included in yesterday's prediction: two or three major hurricanes with winds greater than 110 mph and about 10 tropical storms overall. In a typical season, there are eight to 11 tropical storms, including five to seven hurricanes.

If the prediction holds, it would mean a slower season than 2000, which was one of the busiest on record, with 14 named storms and eight hurricanes.

Hurricane season runs from June 1 to Nov. 30, peaking from mid-August through October.

"Although we expect an average level of activity this season, that is no cause to become complacent," said Scott Gudes, acting administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Washington, D.C.

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