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Hurricane season forecast: a whopper

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WASHINGTON — A bipartisan group of House members from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut said on Thursday they will revive an effort to enact temporary tax relief for victims of Hurricane Sandy.

And possible congressional action to help Oklahoma tornado victims could provide the lawmakers with a legislative vehicle.

Among their proposals: Homeowners within the Sandy disaster area could avoid tax penalties for withdrawals from their IRAs or 401k retirement plans if the money is repaid within three years. That would free up cash for rebuilding.

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By The Associated Press
Thursday, May 23, 2013, 5:48 p.m.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Get ready for another busy, maybe unusually wild hurricane season federal forecasters said on Thursday.

Their prediction calls for 13 to 20 named Atlantic storms, 7 to 11 that strengthen into hurricanes and 3 to 6 that become major hurricanes.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said there is a 70 percent chance that this year will be more active than an average hurricane season. The season starts June 1 and lasts through November.

If you live in hurricane-prone areas along the Atlantic Ocean or Gulf of Mexico, “This is your warning,” acting NOAA Administrator Kathryn Sullivan said.

A normal year has 12 named storms, 6 hurricanes and 3 major storms with winds over 110 mph.

Last year was the third-busiest on record with 19 named storms. Ten became hurricanes, and two were major storms, including Sandy, even though it lost hurricane status when it made landfall.

This year's names: Andrea, Barry, Chantal, Dorian, Erin, Fernand, Gabrielle, Humberto, Ingrid, Jerry, Karen, Lorenzo, Melissa, Nestor, Olga, Pablo, Rebekah, Sebastien, Tanya, Van and Wendy.

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