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Forecasters Raise Atlantic Hurricane Outlook to 20 Named Storms

  • It could be the most active season since record-setting 2005
  • U.S. Gulf Coast has 44% chance of major hurricane this year
The Miami-Dade Emergency Operations Center in Miami.
The Miami-Dade Emergency Operations Center in Miami.

Photographer: Eva Marie Uzcategui/Getty Images

After a frenzied start, the Atlantic hurricane season could turn out to be the most active since 2005, when a record 28 storms formed.

Colorado State University has raised its annual forecast to call for 20 named storms, up from its outlook issued in June calling for 19. Five tropical storms have already spun out of the western Atlantic this year, with two hitting the U.S. so far. This is the fastest start in the record books dating to 1851 and, while the storms have been weak and short-lived, most forecasters see ominous signs for the rest of the season that ends Nov. 30.