"Atlantic Hurricane Season to Be Above Normal, Government Says
Miami, May 19 (Bloomberg) -- The U.S. Atlantic and Gulf Coasts may be threatened by as many as 15 tropical storms, including six to nine hurricanes, during the 2003 season, government forecasters said.
The number of storms during the Atlantic hurricane season from June 1 to Nov. 30 will be above normal, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said in an annual forecast. As many as four of the hurricanes this season will be ``major'' storms with winds of over 110 miles an hour, the forecast said.
``This is the first time since 1999 that conditions have the potential for producing a very active season,'' Gerry Bell, a meteorologist from the administration's Climate Prediction Center, said in a press release on the center's Web site.
Last year there were 12 named storms, four of which became hurricanes."