Tampa, Fla.-(4/10/2014)-As we approach the 2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season we are starting to hear from the forecasters.  The first prediction is already out of the box.

Doctor William Gray and his Colorado State University team are out with their preliminary forecast.  Gray is calling for a below-average season. The Doc says he expects just nine named storms.  Of those, he expects three to become hurricanes and just one to reach major hurricane strength.

The CSU Tropical Meteorology Project team is betting on an El Nino event that will keep the tropical and sub-tropical Atlantic cooler than normal.  An El Nino would also bring strong winds that can keep storms from flaring up.

The Colorado State forecast may be good news to folks who have been through some rough hurricane seasons.  In spite of the forecast, it only takes one hurricane to make it a bad season.  Imagine what a direct hit on Tampa Bay would do to the area.

There is also the possibility that the forecast is wrong. The best bet is to hope for the best, but prepare for the worst.

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