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(WASHINGTON) — Get ready for an active Atlantic hurricane season, government forecasters said Thursday.

Between now and the end of the season, November 30, the National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration predicts 13 to 20 named storms, of which 7 to 11 could become hurricanes.  Three to six of those hurricanes could be major, with winds up to 111 mph or greater.

The 2013 prediction follows an especially active 2012 Atlantic season, which produced 19 named storms. Of those storms, 10 became hurricanes and two became “major” hurricanes packing wind speeds 111 miles an hour or greater. The average for any season is 12, according to NOAA.

Two tropical storms fired up in May, even before the official start of the 2012 season: Alberto and Beryl.  

The deadliest 2012 storm by far was Sandy, which killed at least 147 people as it raked its way across the Caribbean to the Eastern Seaboard.  In the U.S., Sandy caused approximately $50 billion in damage.

National Hurricane Preparedness Week is May 26 through June 1.

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