Up to Eight Hurricanes Forecast for 2012
U.S. forecasters said that this year’s hurricane season was expected to generate an average number of tropical storms, in the range of nine to 15, including four to eight hurricanes. The forecast was the initial outlook released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for the six month season beginning June 1. The NOAA said that as many as three of the storms could become major hurricanes with winds of 111 miles per hour or higher. The forecasters do not expect the upcoming season to be as active as last year, which was above average. Federal officials called on coastal residents to make evacuation plans and to gather hurricane supplies. Gerry Bell, the lead seasonal forecaster at NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, said that no one should think that the threat of hurricanes was diminished simply because the center was predicting a near normal season.
See the forecast for hurricanes: Up to Eight Hurricanes Forecast for 2012 (CNBC 5/25/12)