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A video monitor at the National Hurricane Center in Miami displays an infrared satellite image of Hurricane Ike, with its center positioned just to the southeast of Galveston, Texas, early Saturday, Sept. 13, 2008. (AP Photo/Andy Newman)

(Bloomberg) – The Atlantic should produce a near-normal 12 storms during the six-month hurricane season that officially begins Wednesday, while the U.S. coastline has a below-average chance of being struck by a major system, according to Colorado State University’s forecast.

Of the 12 storms, five could become hurricanes and two could grow into major systems of Category 3 or stronger, said Phil Klotzbach, lead author of the closely watched seasonal outlook. The U.S. has a 50% chance of being struck by a major hurricane, just below the 20th century average of 52%.

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