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Forecaster Warns U.S. Can Expect 'Hellacious' Hurricane Damage

Noted hurricane prognosticator William Gray has renewed his warning that the Atlantic basin has entered an era of intense hurricane activity. This year, Gray predicts...
April 20, 2004

Noted hurricane prognosticator William Gray has renewed his warning that the Atlantic basin has entered an era of intense hurricane activity. This year, Gray predicts a 71 percent chance of a hurricane hitting the U.S. coast and an 80 percent chance one will hit Florida and the East Coast. Gray, a meteorology professor at Colorado State University, has a good track record predicting storm activity. Starting this year, he's taking hurricane prediction to the next level, planning to issue tailored probabilities for every county along the Gulf and Atlantic coasts reflecting the probability of a county being struck at any time during the season, not by one particular storm. That does not please the director of the National Hurricane Center, Max Mayfield, who fears that that people whom Gray says don't have a high probability of being struck will let their guard down.

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