Wednesday, April 27, 2011

US braces for big hurricane season

Source: Press TV

As the US hurricane season approaches, a leading weather forecaster predicts severe weather conditions and heavy storms for the US mainland, especially in the oil-rich Gulf of Mexico region.

Weather Services International (WSI) predicts 15 storms strong enough to be named, eight hurricanes and at least four hurricanes of category 3 strength or greater on the five-level scale, according to AFP.

"We do expect another active season in 2011, although not to the level of 2005 or 2010," said WSI chief meteorologist Todd Crawford.

WSI forecasters "expect a much more impactful season along the US coastline," he said in a statement.

Forecasters predict that storms developing in the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean threaten to make landfall along the US southern coast.

The new forecasts come as violent storms in the state of Arkansas killed at least ten people on Tuesday.

Powerful tornadoes in several US states claimed over 40 lives earlier this month. Overall, more than 200 twisters were reported in 14 states.

Storms kill an average of 70 people in the US every year, reports say. The deadliest recorded tornadoes in America happened in 1974 when 300 people lost their lives.

The US hurricane season runs from June 1 through November 30.

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