Hurricanes set to hit US

The 2006 US hurricane season – which runs from May 15 to November 30 – will be more active than normal but not as busy as last year, a weather company announced tonight.

The 2006 US hurricane season – which runs from May 15 to November 30 – will be more active than normal but not as busy as last year, a weather company announced tonight.

Experts from AccuWeather.com, based in Pennsylvania, also said the US Northeast will be hit by a major hurricane within five years.

The firm said this year’s hurricane season will not quite top last year’s 26 named storms and 14 hurricanes, including the devastating Katrina along the Gulf Coast.

The chief forecaster of AccuWeather’s hurricane centre, Joe Bastardi, said the Northeast is overdue for a “powerful hurricane” and weather patterns in the oceans make it a question of when, not if.

“It’s not hype,” Mr Bastardi said at a Times Square news conference.

A normal hurricane season consists of 11 named storms, five or six of which reach hurricane strength, said Ken Reeves, senior meteorologist and director of forecast operations at AccuWeather.

AccuWeather’s mission is to save lives and protect property while expanding its business and becoming the best and most-used source of weather information, according to its website.

It serves more than 15,000 clients worldwide with weather forecasts, data, graphics, consulting services and computer equipment.

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