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Bob Breck: active stretch of hurricane seasons may be nearing end

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Hurricane Isaac's floodwaters inundate homes on the east bank of Plaquemines Parish in this Aug. 30, 2012 file photo (John Snell) Hurricane Isaac's floodwaters inundate homes on the east bank of Plaquemines Parish in this Aug. 30, 2012 file photo (John Snell)

New Orleans-- The names become shorthand for the destructive force and killing potential of tropical systems: Katrina, Rita, Gustav, Ike and a cast of other major storms over the last decade.

Bob Breck, FOX 8 Chief Meteorologist, is among the experts who believe the U.S. coast is locked in an active cycle of tropical weather that may run a quarter of a century before the tropics turn quieter.

Breck notes famed hurricane forecaster Dr. William Gray predicted a hyperactive stretch of Atlantic storm seasons starting in the 1990s.

"In 1995, it took off," Breck said. "Do the math."

Breck, who believes ocean currents are big drivers in tropical weather, looks for the cycle to run perhaps another five seasons.

Last year, Superstorm Sandy roared into the northeastern U.S. as the second costliest storm on record.

However, Breck notes some east coast storms of the 1950's were just as fearsome as Sandy.

"The difference being people have built on these places that they didn't live on back then," Breck said.  "So, it's a matter of man putting himself or herself in harm's way."

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