"U.S. Sees Seven To 11 Atlantic Hurricanes in 2013"

"The 2013 Atlantic hurricane season could be 'extremely active' and spawn 13 to 20 tropical storms, seven to 11 of which are expected to become hurricanes, the U.S. government's top climate agency predicted on Thursday."

"Three to six of the hurricanes could become major at Category 3 or above, with winds of more than 110 miles per hour, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said in its annual forecast.

'For the six-month hurricane season which will start June 1, NOAA predicts an above-normal and possibly an extremely active hurricane season,' said Kathryn Sullivan, the acting administrator of the agency.

Speaking at NOAA's Climate Prediction Center, she said the hurricane season for the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico threatened 'quite a lot of activity' due to a combination of several climate factors, including warmer-than-average temperatures in the tropical Atlantic and Caribbean."

Tom Brown reports for Reuters May 24, 2013.

SEE ALSO:

"Hurricane Forecast: Three To Six 'Major' Storms Could Emerge This Year" (Christian Science Monitor)

"Hurricane Outlook: Another Busy Atlantic Season" (AP)

Source: Reuters, 05/24/2013