MIAMI -- AccuWeather.com said Wednesday it expects five hurricanes to hit the U.S. coast in the 2010 Atlantic Hurricane season, which begins on the first day in June, Reuters reported.
The private weather forecaster predicts at least two of them will be major hurricanes.
"The forecast is calling for a much more active 2010 season with above-normal threats on the U.S. coastline," AccuWeather.com said, according to Reuters.
Forecaster Joe Bastardi heads the AccuWeather.com Hurricane Center team. He predicts 16-18 tropical storms during Hurricane season. About 15 of the tropical storms would hit land along the western Atlantic or Gulf of Mexico, Reuters reported.
Nine tropical storms hit the Atlantic basin in 2009. Three of those storms increased in strength to become hurricanes.