Experts Predict Active Hurricane Season

Colorado State University forecaster William Gray today predicts a "very active" hurricane season -- with 17 named storms in the Atlantic in 2007.

Those include five intense or major hurricanes, with sustained winds of 111 miles-per-hour or higher.

Four of the other 17 named storms are also predicted to become hurricanes during the season, which runs June through November.

Gray's forecast says there's a 74-percent probability of a major hurricane making landfall along the U-S coastline, compared with the average of 52-percent over the past century.

No hurricanes made landfall along the U-S coastline in 2006, although there were ten named storms.

Parts of the Gulf coast are still recovering from two deadly 2005 hurricanes -- Katrina and Rita.

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