NOAA Predicts At Least 8 Atlantic Hurricanes

Federal government scientists are predicting there will be 14 to 23 tropical storms in the Atlantic basin during the coming season, including eight to 14 hurricanes.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicted Thursday that three to seven of the hurricanes will be major storms that reach Category 3 or higher -- meaning they bring sustained winds of at least 111 mph.

The forecast is based on the weakening of El Nino. The Pacific Ocean phenomenon creates strong wind shear that weakens Atlantic storms.

The Atlantic hurricane season begins Tuesday and runs through Nov. 30.
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  • by nick blount Location: chocowinity on May 28, 2010 at 03:51 PM
    hey tired of religious post then guess what dont read them we dont really care if your tired of these post they are speakin what they beleive and it is rude for you to post online that dont like them so if u r really tired of the posts quit reading them.revaltion has NOT occured because the world is not on fire.so the weather is what the article is about and if people want to tie their religion in with the weather its not your responsiblity to try and shut them up so sit back and chill.
  • by amused Location: NC on May 28, 2010 at 09:34 AM
    Well it seems Bush is no longer responsible for the weather.....now we are back to God. Do you really think that your God is that petty and spiteful, that he has nothing to do but bat everyone around with a little weather? Religion, when you think about it, has done as much harm as good. It certainly can polarize an entire world and create more wars than greed or any other belief system.
  • by Tired of religious postings... Location: Beaufort on May 28, 2010 at 05:50 AM
    It's been a good 5 yrs since the last one hit and did some good damage on the coast, and it was 10 yrs ago we had a MAJOR one. We are due again. You don't see people in California blaming how people live on earthquakes. People get too sucked up in religion. I just hope we don't get hit, because I agree that the insurance rates in the coast don't need to go up again. It's already high enough as it is!
  • by Monkey on May 28, 2010 at 04:50 AM
    The worse is yet to come. For a week we were without any sort of media, and during that week we had no clue of any disasters, wars, violance in the world. People say the end is coming soon, we wouldn't know about any of this if it were not for the media. Anyway, I hate to put this on the east coast but right now a hurricane in the Gulf would be devestating. With all that oil, where would a hurricane push it if were to strike the Gulf? LAND! The entire southern region would then suffer the effects of the spill. So people think twice about what effects the hurricanes will have if they go into the Gulf.
  • by O' Boy on May 27, 2010 at 08:18 PM
    Wow, God is mean and spiteful! So, if we all "be good" and everyone obeys the Lord, there will be no more Hurricanes? That means Marvin Daugherty is wasting his time trying to predict the weather. We need a preacher, not a weatherman! If we all get together, we can pray and make the hurricanes turn out to sea. Quick, everybody..."FALL ON YOUR KNEES" and start praying!
  • by Anonymous Location: Brownsville, KY on May 27, 2010 at 05:46 PM
    I agree about the 6 to 8 dollars. Now the part about Christians being funny people, I wouldn't say that as grouping them together like that.
  • by James Tiberius Kirk Location: NC on May 27, 2010 at 04:36 PM
    Every year the worst year is predicted. At the end of the year they say "we were lucky" and if it is bad "see we warned you". You live on the coast you get hurricanes you don't like em take I40 WEST until you get into tornado country.
  • by Anonymous on May 27, 2010 at 01:16 PM
    14 to 23 and 8 to 14 man thats quite a spread dont you think.I would hardly call that a prediction.I predict we will be paying $6to$8 for gas this time next year.And inflation out the ying yang.I bet I'm closer.
  • by Anonymous on May 27, 2010 at 12:54 PM
    I love how an article about Hurricanes turns into a big religious chat. You Christians are funny people!
  • by Jimbo Location: NC on May 27, 2010 at 12:20 PM
    Funny how even a benign story can turn into a discussion on religion or Obama on this site. Personally, I hope there are no storms that damage Raleigh or Charlotte......I can't afford for my wind and hail insurance to needlessly rise again.
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