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Upcoming hurricane season may be livelier than others

By Candice Dehnbostel

Gulf Coast residents were warned Tuesday by researchers that 17 named storms are predicted for the next hurricane season, with five major hurricanes, reported MSNBC and NBC News.

Forecaster William Gray and his team from Colodrado State University said the probability of a major hurricane reaching the U.S. coastland is 74 percent, reported The Associated Press, compared to the average of 52 percent over the past century.

Last season there were 10 tropical storms, and five became hurricanes, reported Reuters.