| GEO World|
| 2010 hurricane season may be worst on record|
| Updated at: 2048 PST, Thursday, May 27, 2010|
WASHINGTON: The 2010 Atlantic hurricane season may be one of the worst on record, US officials warned Thursday, amid fears it could deepen an oil crisis in the Gulf of Mexico and bring new misery to Haiti.
An "active to extremely active" hurricane season which starts on June 1 is expected for the Atlantic Basin this year, US officials said.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency (NOAA) said it was predicting three to seven major hurricanes, with eight to 14 smaller hurricanes, and 14 to 23 named storms would hit the region over the next six months.
This compares to an average of two major hurricanes, six smaller hurricanes and 11 storms per season.
"If this outlook holds true, this season could be one of the more active on record," said NOAA administrator Jane Lubchenco.