Forecasters call for an active hurricane season

CHARLESTON, SC - CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Researchers at Colorado State University released Friday their predictions for the 2010 Atlantic hurricane season.

Dr. Klotzbach and Dr. Gray, the primary hurricane researchers at the institution, are predicting 15 named storms, eight hurricanes, and four major -- Category 3 or higher -- storms.

In an average year, there are 10 named storms, six hurricanes and two strong category systems. The 2009 hurricane season saw below-average activity with 9 named storms, three hurricanes and two major storms.

The National Hurricane Center is considering adding a storm-surge warning to the list of storm watches and warnings. A storm surge is a wall of water that moves ahead of a major tropical storm. The NHC says it would be a few years before they add the new warning.

The Atlantic hurricane season begins June 1.

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