NOAA Predicts Active Hurricane Season in North Atlantic region

Officials at the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration predicted a lively hurricane season for the North Atlantic region for 2006 on Monday. The agency predicted 13 to 16 named storms, with between eight and 10 growing to full-fledged hurricanes. On average, the north Atlantic region annually produces 11 named storms. "Although NOAA is not forecasting a repeat of last year's season, the potential for hurricanes striking the U.S. is high," said retired Navy Vice Adm. Conrad C. Lautenbacher. The north Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to Nov. 30. The north Atlantic region includes the area north of the equator.

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