A leading storm forecaster is sticking with its prediction of a busy Atlantic hurricane season, even with a front over the lower Gulf of Mexico that is already threatening to dump rain across parts of Florida this week.
Colorado State University said Monday that it still expects there to be 18 storms of tropical-storm status or stronger, of which nine would be hurricanes and four major hurricanes, with winds of 111 mph or higher.
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Staff writer Sonja Isger contributed to this story.
Colorado State University forecast:
18 named storms
4 major hurricanes
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Tuesday Showers likely; possibly a thunderstorm after 8 a.m. Rain chance 70 percent, 50 percent at night.
Wednesday: Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm. Rain chance 60 percent day and night.
Thursday Showers and thunderstorms likely. Rain change 60 percent, 50 percent at night. Wind gusts as high as 21 mph.
Friday: 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, 30 percent at night. Wind gusts up to 20 mph.
Saturday: 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, 30 percent at night.
Sunday: 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny.
SOURCE: National Weather Service Miami office