Monday, June 22, 2009

Tropical Storm Andres gets 2009 Hurricane season off to a late start

SHOOT: They're predicting a normal to below-normal season. Intwisting.
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An abandoned boat is seen half sunk in Miami Bay, Florida

"Normally that season gets under way somewhat earlier," said Richard Pasch, a senior hurricane specialist at the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Fla. "But it's not necessarily an indication that it'll be a quiet year in that basin. We've seen some years starting late and become quite active. We're just going to have to wait and see on that."

Federal forecasters have predicted a near-normal or below-normal season, with the possibility for 13 to 18 named storms, including six to 10 hurricanes.

Most forecasting models didn't predict the storm's center to make landfall, but it did carry the threat of heavy rains over the next two days as it turned toward the northwest and skirted the coast.

The storm earned its name late Sunday when its winds exceeded a sustained 39 mph (63 kph). It gained strength early Monday and was expected to continue gaining strength over the next day or two, but forecasters said they didn't expect it to reach hurricane strength.

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