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Forecasters Expect Eight Atlantic Hurricanes, Down From 9

The Colorado State University hurricane research team reduced its outlook for the 2007 Atlantic storm season Friday and predicted there would be 15 storms, with eight growing to hurricane strength.

Of those, four would become major hurricanes of Category 3 or higher with winds over 110 mph, the team founded by forecast pioneer William Gray said in its revised forecast.

In its last forecast issued on May 31, the Colorado State team predicted 17 storms, with nine hurricanes and five major hurricanes for the six-month storm season that runs through Nov. 30.