2013 hurricane season expected to be ‘extremely active’
COLLEGE PARK, MD — A year after Superstorm Sandy, U.S. forecasters say residents along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts should once again prepare for "an extremely active" 2013 hurricane season, according to Yahoo!News.
The 2013 hurricane outlook released by by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Climate Prediction Center indicated that there is a "70 percent likelihood" that will be three to six major hurricanes this year with winds above 111 mph, the article stated.
According to the article, during the six-month hurricane season, which begins June 1, "forecasters anticipate 13 to 20 named storms (winds of 39 mph or higher); of those, seven to 11 could become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher)."
Those ranges are above normal as the seasonal average is 12 named storms, six hurricanes and three major hurricanes, the article noted.
This dire forecast comes as many shoreline residents — particularly in New York and New Jersey — are still recovering from Sandy, which killed 147 people and caused more than $75 billion in damage in October 2012, the article added.
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