If hurricane experts are right, we've got a lot to worry about this year. They're predicting a busier-than-normal season. In mid-May, NOAA (the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration) released its predictions for the 2011 season.
NOAA expects as many as 18 named storms, six to 10 of those could strengthen to hurricanes, and three to six could become major hurricanes.
Colorado State University predictions came out in April. Experts there expect 16 named storms, nine of them becoming hurricanes and five developing into major hurricanes.
"The public needs to realize it only takes that one storm to make it an active season for you," says Dr. Phil Klotzbach from Colorado State University. "Obviously, these forecasts aren't perfect. There are some years we forecast a lot of activity and not much occurs or vice versa, we think it's going to be quiet and it's active. But even if we have a perfect forecast we can't tell you where the storms are going to go. No one can tell you that months in advance."