Hurricane Team Downgrades Expectations

Hurricane forecaster William Gray's team is now downgrading this season's exceptions.

The team based at Colorado State University is calling for a slightly below average Atlantic hurricane season, with only five hurricanes instead of the seven previously forecast. Two of the hurricanes will be intense.

This is the second time they have downgraded their forecast in a month.

Last spring, Gray's team called for 17 named storms to form in the Atlantic basin during the June through November hurricane season. As of Friday, five had formed, including Tropical Storm Ernesto, which is moving north through North Carolina.

The average for the Atlantic basin is about nine named storms, almost six hurricanes and two intense hurricanes per year.

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