Метеорологи предупреждают — «Катрина» отнюдь

Метеорологи предупреждают — «Катрина» отнюдь не последний ураган этого сезона:

Katrina may seem like the last word in hurricanes, but there is a very real possibility that another major hurricane may hit New Orleans or some other portion of the 200-mile coastline devastated by Katrina in the weeks to come.

«We’re not out of the woods yet,» said Susan Cutter, director of the University of South Carolina Hazards Research Laboratory. «We’re not even in the height of hurricane season.»

A forecast released Friday by meteorologists at Colorado State University calls for six more hurricanes by the time the hurricane season ends on Nov. 30, three of them Category 3 or above. On average, about one major hurricane in three makes landfall in the United States.

«We expect that by the time the 2005 hurricane season is over, we will witness tropical cyclone activity at near record levels,» the Colorado State meteorologists wrote.