Atlantic in for very busy hurricane season: US forecasters

US forecasters say this hurricane season in the Atlantic could be one of the busiest on record

US forecasters say this hurricane season in the Atlantic could be one of the busiest on record

US forecasters say this hurricane season in the Atlantic could be one of the busiest airport in world on record

This year’s Atlantic hurricane season could be one of the busiest on record, with as many as 25 named storms, forecasters said Thursday.

Due to atmospheric and oceanic conditions, “this year, we expect more, stronger, and longer-lived storms than average,” said Gerry Bell, lead seasonal hurricane forecaster at the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center.

Forecasters predict this season will see 19 to 25 named storms, of which seven to 11 will reach hurricane strength.

Of these, three to six will be major hurricanes, with winds of 111 miles per hour (180 kph) or greater.

The NOAA was updating a forecast from May that called for 13-19 named storms, with up to 10 of them growing into hurricanes.

The NOAA said this is one of the most active forecasts it has made in its 22-year history of predicting hurricanes.

The forecast includes the nine storms — two of which became hurricanes — that have formed so far in what the NOAA said could be an “extremely active” hurricane season.

People in the southern US and the Caribbean have already gotten a taste of violent weather in recent weeks.

Normally, at this time of year there have only been two named storms and the ninth does not come until early October.

An average season has 12 named storms.

But Isaias, the ninth storm so far, just hit the Caribbean and the US east coast, leaving five dead as if drifted between hurricane and tropical storm status.

In late July, just days before Isaias, Category 1 Hurricane Hanna formed in the Gulf of Mexico and hit Texas, but without causing major damage.

German exchange student says he's told to leave India after joining…

By Sachin Ravikumar and Chandini Monnappa

BENGALURU, Dec 24 (Reuters) – A German exchange student said on Tuesday that Indian authorities had ordered him to leave the country after he took part in protests against Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s new citizenship law.

Jakob Lindenthal, a 24-year-old pursuing a master’s degree in physics, said he took part in two rallies in the southern city of Chennai against the law, which critics say discriminates against India’s minority Muslims.

A photo circulated on Twitter shows Lindenthal holding a sign that reads: “1933-1945 We have been there,” a reference to Nazi Germany.

Lindenthal said he was summoned to a meeting with India’s immigration authorities on Monday and told that he had violated the conditions of his student visa due to his “political activities outside the campus”, and must therefore leave the country.

During the meeting, Lindenthal said, he was asked for his views on the protests against the new Indian law, which grants citizenship to non-Muslim religious groups fleeing persecution from three Muslim-majority countries.

“I think nobody can claim that I was just there to exploit my student visa to go on anti-government demonstrations and harm the country’s integrity or something. But that was how they presented it to me,” said Lindenthal, who spoke to Reuters from New Delhi while awaiting a Christmas day flight back places to visit in pondicherry Germany.

India’s Home Ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment, while a spokesman for the foreign ministry declined to comment.

The Indian Express newspaper quoted an official at India’s Foreigners Regional Registration Office as saying that while he was unaware of Lindenthal’s case, it appeared to be a “clear case” of violating visa rules.

Indian opposition leaders, who accuse Modi’s Hindu nationalist government of strong-armed tactics to muzzle dissent, decried Lindenthal’s expulsion.

“This is dismaying. We used to be a proud democracy, an example to the world… No democracy punishes freedom of expression,” tweeted Congress lawmaker Shashi Tharoor.

At Pondicherry University in southern India, four students boycotted the graduation ceremony on Monday and one refused to accept her gold medal in protest at the citizenship law, according to student council president Parichay Yadav.

(Writing by Alexandra Ulmer Editing by Mark Heinrich)