NU Online News Service, May 17, 2:15 p.m. EDT–Government hurricane forecasters are predicting a 70-percent chance of an above-normal Atlantic hurricane season this year, with up to five “major hurricanes.”

The National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), part of the U.S. Department of Commerce, said it is predicting for this year’s Atlantic hurricane season 12 to 15 tropical storms, and seven to nine of them turning into hurricanes. Among the projected hurricanes, three to five could become major hurricanes, NOAA said.

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