AccuWeather predicts active Atlantic hurricane season

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AccuWeather.com is predicting another active Atlantic hurricane season, particularly for the U.S. coastline.

While the Pennsylvania-based meteorology company is calling for fewer storms in all, with 16 tropical storms versus 19 in 2012, AccuWeather's season outlook suggests that four storms could become major hurricanes, compared with one in 2012.

AccuWeather expects three storms to make landfall in the United States, compared with four in 2012. "After a devastating blow to the East from Superstorm Sandy in October of 2012, residents and homeowners on the Atlantic coast should anticipate another active season in 2013," the forecast warns.

Warm water in the Atlantic, which helps storms strengthen, combined with less frequent wind shear -- significant differences between wind speeds at varying altitudes that can inhibit storm development -- could make storms more frequent. There also may be less influence from Saharan dust, which can also stymie storms.

The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will offer its season outlook May 23.

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