Facts and predictions about the 2005 hurricane season

THE ATLANTIC FORECAST from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

-- NOAA staffers say the U.S. should be ready for 2 or 3 Atlantic hurricanes to make landfall.

-- They predict 12 or 15 tropical storms will form in the ocean.

-- They predict 7 to 9 hurricanes.

-- They predict 3 to 5 major hurricanes. A major hurricane has winds of at least 111 mph.

-- Those predictions indicate a worse than average hurricane season.


-- Tropical Depression One named "Arlene" on June 9. Downgraded on June 11.

-- Arlene started off the Central American coast and came ashore near the Florida-Alabama line.

-- Tropical Depression Two became "Bret" on June 28. Downgraded on June 29.

-- Bret started off the east coast of Mexico and hit land in the same area.

-- Tropical Depression Three named "Cindy" on July 5.

-- Cindy began as a depression off the Central American coast and came ashore in southern Louisiana on July 6.

-- Tropical Depression Four named "Dennis" on July 5.

-- Dennis continues to head west, northwest through the Caribbean after beginning in the eastern part of the sea.

-- Forecasters predict the storm will make land near the Florida-Alabama line on July 11.


-- July 5 is the earliest date on record for four named storms.

-- The already active season is helping keep oil prices high -- climbing briefly past $60 a barrel Tuesday.


-- Goes June 1 - November 30.

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