COLLEGE PARK, Md. (May 23, 2013)—Government forecasters say the outlook for the hurricane season calls for 13 to 20 named storms, seven to 11 that strengthen into hurricanes and three to six that become major hurricanes.
The prediction by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is more than what's considered an average Atlantic season.
Last year was the third-busiest on record with 19 named storms.
Ten became hurricanes and were two major storms, with winds over 111 miles per hour including Sandy, which caused $50 billion in damage even though it lost hurricane status when it made landfall in New Jersey.
The last time a major hurricane made landfall in the United States was Wilma in 2005.
The seven year U.S. landfall drought is the longest on record.
The six-month season starts June 1.
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