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Experts Revise '06 Hurricane Forecast

Jim Brady is still rebuilding. Construction workers are hammering or sawing from Hurricane Wilma.

Jim Brady, a Key West resident, said, "You can either run away and sell your house or rebuild and go on with your life."

When you live on the Atlantic, you take the good with the bad, and lucky for Brady, Tropical Storm Chris lost most of its punch Thursday, just as the 2006 Hurricane Season appeared to follow suit. New predictions show this season won't be as bad as originally projected.

Dr. William Gray of Colorado State University said, "It's a lot of good news to us because once you get bit like that you feel a little vulnerable."

Dr. William Gray, considered one of the nation's leading hurricane experts, says a number of meteorological factors have caused him to reduce original predictions.

"Rather than 17 named storms, we’re predicting 15. Rather than nine hurricanes, we're predicting seven. Rather than five major ones, we're predicting three."

But meteorologists say we're still in what's referred to as an "active cycle" that could last another 20 years, which means even with the reduction, this season will still be above average.

Power crews are still cleaning up from last season. It's all in a day's work.

William Belflower, an energy worker, said, "One is too many. What do you do? It's life in paradise."

But after last year's record breaking season which claimed nearly 1,400 lives and caused $122 billion in damage, two fewer hurricanes is a welcome break in the clouds.


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