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Forecasters tell coastal areas to expect busy hurricane season


WASHINGTON (AP) -- Government forecasts expect a busier than normal hurricane season this year.

National Weather Service forecasters say they expect between 13 and 17 tropical storms, with seven to ten of them becoming hurricanes.

Two of the other leading storm experts are also expecting a busy season.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says there's a 75 percent chance of above normal hurricane activity.

Bill Proenza with the National Hurricane Center in Miami says it's critically important for people living on the East and Gulf coasts and in the Caribbean to be prepared.

Philip Klotchbach at Colorado State University and Joe Bastardi with AccuWeather say they expect a busier storm cycle this year.

Last year was not as busy as expected, after a record year in 2005.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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