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Gloomy Forecast: 8 Hurricanes Predicted This Season

15 named storms will develop in the Atlantic this hurricane season

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    Hurricane Bill in the Atlantic Ocean

    You had to know it wouldn't take long for the word "hurricane" to become part of the daily conversation in South Florida.

    A group of hurricane prognosticators delivered grim news for South Floridians on Wednesday: eight hurricanes will develop during a busy hurricane season.

    At least half of those will be of the major variety with winds of over 110 mph, but the kicker for us is that it is nearly a 50-50 shot that one will make landfall in Florida.

    Phil Klotzbach and William Gray of Colorado State University believe there is a 45 percent chance a major hurricane will strike Florida this year.

    We can here the turnstiles at Home Depot churning already. It's never too early to put in your order for plywood and propane gas.

    In total 15 named storms will develop in the Atlantic Ocean once hurricane season starts June 1, Gray predicts. That's officially classified as busy on the hurricane index.

    An average hurricane season has six hurricanes and only 11 named storms.