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AccuWeather.com Chief Long-Range and Hurricane Forecaster Joe Bastardi has released a preliminary forecast that suggests fewer landfalls in the United States as well as fewer named storms in the 2009 hurricane season compared to that of last year. Bastardi cautions that storms may be more likely to form in the Atlantic Basin closer to the coast. Thus, he is not ruling out the possibility of a major hurricane making landfall in the United States .

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