Experts: Up to 9 Atlantic hurricanes in 2008

TAMPA, FL They say two to five of those could be major hurricanes.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration officials said Thursday they expect the 2008 Atlantic hurricane season to be near or above normal. They say there is a 60 to 70 percent chance of their predictions happening.

In all, they predict 12 to 16 named storms in 2008.

An average season has 11 named storms, including six hurricanes of which two reach major status.

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