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Canadian Hurricane Centre Predicts 4 To 8 Storms In 2012

Storm experts are predicting a normal hurricane season in Atlantic Canada this year, with between four and eight storms making it to hurricane strength.

Bob Robichaud of the Canadian Hurricane Centre, which on Thursday presented its outlook for 2012, said it expects nine to 15 named storms, fewer than the 19 last year.

"That range covers the normal of 12," he told reporters in Dartmouth, N.S.

Of those storms, up to eight could become hurricanes with winds 118 km/h and higher, he said.

Hurricane season normally begins in June and ends in November. Most storms are expected in September.

Robichaud said the goal of these briefings is to remind people to prepare for storms.

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