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Hurricane season expected to heat up

Forecasters are gearing up for the heart of hurricane season, saying they are almost certainly on the way - possibly in bunches. The brief reprieve offered by an unexpectedly stable global pattern has expired, right in time for what, starting last Friday, has historically been the hottest stretch of hurricane season.

''Aug. 20 is that one day when we say the bell tolls,'' said Todd Kimberlain, a hurricane specialist with the National Hurricane Center. 'It's right around the time when we see this huge ramp-up.''

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