Story URL: http://news.medill.northwestern.edu/washington/news.aspx?id=130679
Story Retrieval Date: 5/23/2013 11:12:47 PM CST
WASHINGTON -- The last ten years have brought an upswing in the number of hurricanes off the U.S. Atlantic coast.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is forecasting that this year will return to the norm. But whatever the season brings, officials say they are ready to jump into action.
"Our government stands poised and ready for action both before a hurricane striles and immediatly after," said Commerce Secretary Gary Locke.
The NOAA forecasters estimate that between nine and 14 storms will be categorized as a tropical storm or above. It is also estimated that one to three of those hurricanes could reach category 3 status.
NOAA officials say the first storm of the season has already been given a name. Ana will be first in line as hurricane season begins June first.