07 April 2010 16:10 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS news)--US meteorologists are predicting an above average hurricane season for this year as a result of dissipating El Nino conditions and warm Atlantic sea surface temperatures, they said on Wednesday.
In all, 15 hurricanes and other major storms may form in the Atlantic basin - well above the historical average of 9.6 and the nine formed in 2009, meteorologists at Colorado State University (CSU) said.
The mere threat of a hurricane can cause companies to shut down plants as a precaution. In 2008, Hurricane Ike caused several disruptions after making landfall near
Forecasters gave a 69% chance for a major hurricane (winds of at least 111 miles/hour, or 179 km/hour) to make landfall along the
The 69% figure is also up from the 64% predicted in December’s initial 2010 forecast by the group.
Of the 15 predicted storms, eight are expected to be hurricanes with four as major hurricanes. In 2009, only three of the nine storms were hurricanes, with just two as major.
No hurricanes struck the
The 2010 Atlantic hurricane season will last from 1 June until 30 November.
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