We may have escaped unscathed this past hurricane season, but a forecast from London-based Tropical Storm Risk predicts a bad 2007. The long-range forecast predicts an above-normal Atlantic hurricane season with a strong probability that more hurricanes will slam into the United States than usual, based on average figures for the period 1950 to 2006.

The report said that 16 tropical storms are likely to occur in the Atlantic basin, nine of which could be hurricanes and four likely to be so-called intense hurricanes. Five tropical storms are likely to hit America, of which two will be hurricanes, TSR said.

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