Hurricane Preparedness Week Begins

The National Hurricane Center in Miami predicted Monday today that there will be four to six major hurricanes in the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico this season.

The center predicts up to 16 named storms, which would be significantly less than last year's record 27.

Last year officials predicted 12 to 15 tropical storms, seven to nine of them becoming hurricanes, and three to five of those hurricanes being major.

But the season was the busiest Atlantic hurricane season since record keeping began in 1851. There were 15 hurricanes, seven of which were Category three or higher.

The Atlantic seasons were relatively mild from the 1970s through 1994. Since then, all but two years have been above normal. Experts say the world is in the midst of a 20-year-cycle that will continue to bring strong storms.