US forecasters set to update hurricane outlook

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Posted: Aug 04, 2011 3:18 AM
US forecasters set to update hurricane outlook

U.S. government forecasters are updating their Atlantic hurricane season outlook, just as the peak period for hurricanes begins.

In May, forecasters said they expected three to six major hurricanes from an above-average season. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will update those predictions Thursday.

The six-month Atlantic hurricane season began June 1, but the peak period for hurricanes runs from August through October.

Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Emily is expected to make landfall on Haiti's southern peninsula after dawn Thursday and dump torrential rains across a country where more than 600,000 people still live without shelter after last year's earthquake.

Emily is the season's fifth named storm. Last week, Tropical Storm Don fizzled to a tropical depression just before crossing the Texas coastline.