MIAMI --- Welcome
June -- the month of brides and weddings -- and the start of the
six-month Atlantic hurricane season.
the National Weather Service have predicted an active season, a
forecast echoed by Dr. William Gray, noted hurricane expert at
Colorado State University.
forecast calls for 15 tropical storms and eight hurricanes, four of
which are expected to be Category 3 or higher, with wind speeds of
111 mph or more.
The first named
storm of this season will be Arlene, followed by Bret, Cindy,
Dennis, Emily, Franklin, Gert, Harvey, Irene, Jose, Katrina, Lee,
Maria, Nate, Ophelia, Philippe, Rita, Stan, Tammy, Vince, and
hurricane season is June 1 through Nov. 30.
The 2004 season
was especially harsh, with Florida and several Caribbean islands
battered and damaged from four storms, the strongest of which was
Ivan, which reached Category 5 status [winds over 174
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