Fore­cast pre­dicts busy At­lantic hur­ri­cane sea­son

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MI­AMI | U.S. fore­cast­ers say an At­lantic hur­ri­cane sea­son that started off strong shows no signs of slow­ing down.

The Na­tional Oceanic and At­mo­spheric Ad­min­is­tra­tion’s up­dated hur­ri­cane sea­son fore­cast pre­dicts 14 to 19 named storms, with five to nine hur­ri­canes. Two to five hur­ri­canes are ex­pected to be “ma­jor” with sus­tained winds of at least 111 mph.

Six trop­i­cal storms have formed so far this year, in­clud­ing two that hit the U.S.A Na­tional Hur­ri­cane Cen­ter ad­vi­sory said Trop­i­cal Storm Franklin be­came Hur­ri­cane Franklin on Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon as it ap­proached Mex­ico’s cen­tral Gulf coast.

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