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Fierce hurricane season predicted

SCIENCE FILE | Science in Brief

March 24, 2007|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Atlantic Ocean hurricane activity this year may be as much as 75% above the historical average as warm water provides fuel for storms, London-based forecasters at Tropical Storm Risk said Wednesday.

The forecasters estimated 17 tropical storms would form, with nine reaching hurricane force and four of those becoming major hurricanes with winds topping 111 mph. As many as five storms, including two hurricanes, may make landfall in the U.S., according to the forecast.

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