TAMPA, Fla. -- U.S. government forecasters expect between six and nine hurricanes to form in the Atlantic this year.
They say two to five of those could be major hurricanes.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration officials say they expect the 2008 Atlantic hurricane season to be near or above normal.
They say there is a 60 to 70 per cent 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.