The Colorado State University hurricane forecasting team this week maintained its forecast for the 2010 Atlantic hurricane season at 10 hurricanes, five of them expected to be major.
The team said the six-month season began on June 1 and would likely see 18 named tropical storms.
Meanwhile, the researchers said there was a 75 percent probability of a major hurricane making landfall somewhere along the U.S. coastline.
According to hurricane forecast pioneer William Gray, "We believe that a moderate La Nina will be present over the next several months, which is associated with decreased levels of vertical wind shear and increased hurricane activity."
The team also said there is a 49 percent chance that a major hurricane will reach land along the Gulf of Mexico between Florida and Texas as the area continues to clean up the BP oil spill.
Finally, they said there is a 64 percent chance that a major hurricane will make landfall in the Caribbean and Central America.