More active hurricane season predicted

Hurricane Ernesto blows into Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, 09 August 2012 (AP)

U.S. hurricane forecasters now say they’re bracing for a more active season than originally expected thanks to rising ocean temperatures and shifting wind patterns.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released an updated forecast yesterday, calling for 12 to 17 tropical storms, with five to eight hurricanes.

Two to three of those hurricanes could be considered major events.

The Canadian Hurricane Centre doesn’t typically make those kind of predictions but do say hurricanes become more of a problem in Canadian waters later in the season – peaking in September.

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