Above Normal Atlantic Hurricane Season Expected

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Wildlife living along the Atlantic Seaboard could be affected by severe weather in 2011. After a series of winter storms, spring floods and an unusual number of tornadoes,  NOAA is predicting an above-normal hurricane season this year.

Across the entire Atlantic Basin for the six-month season, which begins June 1, NOAA is predicting the following ranges this year:

– 12 to 18 named storms (winds of 39 mph or higher)

– 6 to 10 could become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher)

– 3 to 6 major hurricanes (Category 3, 4 or 5; winds of 111 mph or higher)

Each of these ranges has a 70 percent likelihood. Typically, the seasonal average for the region consists of 11 named storms, 6 hurricanes and 2 major hurricanes.