Thursday, April 7, 2011

Summer fears: 2011 predicted to be an above-average hurricane season with FIVE major storms - 7th Apr 2011

America could face five major hurricanes this year, as experts warned the storm season will once again be 'above-average'.

Researchers at Colorado State University predicted there will be 16 named storms between June and November, nine of which will turn into hurricanes.

They said five of those are expected to spiral into major hurricanes, defined as category three storms with sustained winds of 111mph or more.

Last year's hurricane season was the third busiest on record, although America escaped largely unscathed.

Experts predicted widespread destruction as Hurricane Earl, originally a category four storm, approached, but it was downgraded to category one by the time it hit, causing only minor damage in North Carolina and New England.

The Colorado researchers say there is a 75 per cent chance at least one major hurricane will slam into the U.S. coastline this year during the hurricane season, which runs from June 1 to November 30.

They predict there is a 48 per cent chance a major hurricane will make landfall on the East Coast, and a 47 per cent chance one will hit the Gulf Coast. Read More