Hurricane Season Opens in the Atlantic

    Some storms have gotten a bit ahead of it, but Friday marks the official opening of the Atlantic hurricane season, two weeks after the Pacific got its official start.  And even though Mother Nature has had an active start, forecasters aren't planning for any kind of records.

    FOX News Radio's Jane Metzler reports:

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    In the Atlantic, Tropical Storms Beryl and Alberto, already blowing ashore.  In the eastern Pacific, we've seen Tropical Storm Aleta and Hurricane Bud.  FEMA Director Craig Fugate, saying smart phones should be part of your emergency preparedness plan for the six-month hurricane season.

    (Fugate) "Don't try to call people on your phones, text message.  It's a lot faster and gets through.  Use social media to update people."

    Considered near normal, up to 15 named storms forecast for the Atlantic, up to three of them major hurricanes.  Up to 18 predicted in the Pacific, with as many as five major hurricanes.

    Jane Metzler, FOX News Radio.

    Editor's Note: Predictions announced by NOAA's Climate Prediction Center.