WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal forecasters today predicted nine to 14
named tropical storms this year in what experts call a near-normal
The named storms are expected to include 4 to 7 hurricanes of
which 1 to 3 are likely to be major storms.
Federal emergency officials urge coastal residents to have a
plan and follow it, instead of waiting to see if the forecast
changes can mean life or death.
Hurricane season runs June through November.
Last year there were 16 named storms, of which 8 grew into
hurricanes and 5 were major.
The list includes Hurricane Ike, which ripped through Southeast
Texas on Sept. 13.
The first storm of this year in the Atlantic, Caribbean or Gulf
of Mexico will be Ana, followed by Bill, Claudette and Danny.