NOAA Predicts Another Busy Atlantic Hurricane Season - NBC New York

NOAA Predicts Another Busy Atlantic Hurricane Season

Forecasters predict 13 to 20 named storms, seven to 11 that strengthen into hurricanes and three to six that become major hurricanes

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    This NOAA satellite image taken Monday, Oct. 29, 2012 shows Hurricane Sandy off the mid-Atlantic coastline

    Federal forecasters are predicting yet another busy Atlantic hurricane season.
    Thursday's outlook calls for 13 to 20 named storms, seven to 11 that strengthen into hurricanes and three to six that become major hurricanes.

    The prediction by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is more than what's considered an average Atlantic season.
    Last year was the third-busiest on record with 19 named storms. Ten became hurricanes and two were major storms, with winds over 111 mph.
    That included Sandy, which caused $50 billion in damage even though it lost hurricane status when it made landfall in New Jersey.
    The last time a major hurricane made landfall in the United States was Wilma in 2005. The seven-year U.S. landfall drought is the longest on record.

    The six-month season starts June 1.