The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) hurricane season forecast is projecting a 70-percent likelihood of 13 to 20 named storms in 2013, of which anywhere from seven to 11 could become hurricanes, and anywhere from three to six of those hurricanes could reach category 3, 4 or 5 status.

According to the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America, the Colorado State University Department of Atmospheric Science is projecting 18 named storms, including nine hurricanes, with four expected to be major. is also forecasting four major hurricanes and 16 tropical storms.

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