Forecasters Predicting "Major" Hurricane Season for U.S. Coasts

MAY 27, 2004 - Posted at 7:17 a.m. CDT

TAMPA, FL - Planning a vacation on the Gulf Coast this summer?  You might want to re-think those plans.

Forecasters are calling them "major" storms.  And they predict there will be three of them this hurricane season, which starts Tuesday.

Experts at Colorado State University say there will be as many as 14 named storms for the season, with eight developing into full-blown hurricanes.  The three major storms are expected to have winds of at least 111 miles an hour.

One of the Colorado experts spoke yesterday at Florida's 18th Annual Governor's Hurricane Conference.  He's also expected to unveil the probabilities of a tropical storm or hurricane hitting different parts of the country.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)