MIAMI -- The 1999 hurricane season, which officially started on
June 1 and runs through Nov. 30, is likely to be another brutal one
for the Caribbean and southeastern U.S. coastal areas, according to
the National Hurricane Center.
Officials predicted 14 named storms, of which nine will develop
into hurricanes. Four of the nine will be intense storms in the
category 3 or higher range (sustained winds up to 130 mph,
accompanied by tidal surges, flooding and heavy roof and foliage