NEWS

ALBERTO BECOMES THE FIRST NAMED STORM OF THE 2006 ATLANTIC HURRICANE SEASON


MONDAY, JUNE 12, 2006

Weather forecasters in the United States have issued a hurricane warning for parts of Florida as the first storm of the Atlantic hurricane season moves north from the Gulf of Mexico.


Tropical storm Alberto dropped as much as 40 centimeters of rain on Cuba and caused flooding in places.


Alberto is expected to move towards Florida over the next two days and produce hurricane conditions within the next 24 hours.


For the 2006 north Atlantic hurricane season, NOAA is predicting 13 to 16 named storms, with 8 to 10 becoming hurricanes, of which 4 to 6 could become 'major' hurricanes of Category 3 strength or higher.


Named hurricanes will be Alberto, Beryl, Chris, Debby, Ernesto, Florence, Gordon, Helene, Isaac, Joyce, Kirk, Leslie, Nay Deen, Oscar, Patty, Rafael, Sandy, Tony, Valerie and William.


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