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Forecasters Revise Hurricane Predictions Upward

On July 5, Colorado State University forecasters issued a revised prediction for the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season, stating that there would be 15 named storms, up from 13. They also predicted eight hurricanes, up from six in June and four in the previous report, and three major hurricanes, up from the two predicted in the previous two reports...
July 11, 2017

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On July 5, Colorado State University (CSU) forecasters issued a revised prediction for the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season, stating that there would be 15 named storms, up from 13. They also predicted eight hurricanes, up from six in June and four in the previous report, and three major hurricanes, up from the two predicted in the previous two reports.

The forecasters now expect to see above-average hurricane activity this season. Researchers say there is a 62 percent probability that at least one major hurricane—Category 3, 4 or 5— will make landfall along the U.S. coastline, higher than the century average of 52 percent.

For the U.S. East Coast, including the Florida peninsula, the probability is 39 percent, compared with the 31 percent century average. For the U.S. Gulf Coast, from the Florida panhandle westward to Brownsville, Texas, the probability is 38 percent, compared with the 30 percent average for the last century.

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