Hurricane forecast team downgrades expected number of hurricanes

DENVER (AP) - The Colorado State University hurricane forecast team is calling for a slightly below-average hurricane season this year.

The teams says today it expects only five hurricanes instead of the seven it has previously forecast. It's second time they had revised downward their forecast in a month.

Still, forecaster William Gray says residents living along the coastline should always be prepared for major storms. The team predicts that two hurricanes will be intense. The CSU team has predicted 13 named storms.

Last month, the team called for 15 named storms to form in the Atlantic basin this year, down by two from their prediction in May. Meanwhile, the National Hurricane Center in Miami says Tropical Storm Ernesto is scheduled to be downgraded to a rain storm at 11 a.m. Eastern Time.

Hurricane John is forcing evacuations in the Pacific.

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