Scientists at Colorado State University, who are experts in such matters, have released an updated forecast for the 2007 hurricane season, which starts tomorrow.
The new report, released today, forecasts a total of 17 named storms in the Atlantic basin, nine of which could become hurricanes, and five of which could be intense hurricanes.
The scientists also forecast the probabilities of where these hurricanes were likely to strike:
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ 74 percent chance that a hurricane could strike along the entire U.S. coastline; the average for last century is 52 percent.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ 50 percent chance a hurricane could strike along the U.S. East Coast, including the Florida peninsula; the average for last century is 31 percent.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ 49 percent chance that a hurricane could hit along the Gulf Coast, from the Florida panhandle westward to Brownsville, Texas; the average for last century is 30 percent.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ above-average major hurricane landfall risk in the Caribbean.