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WASHINGTON, DC - As the Atlantic hurricane season begins, the government's weather forecasters face cuts because of sequestration.

They face mandatory days off without pay, although Congress restored money to make sure the so-called hurricane hunters can fly into storms.

The National Weather Service says its workforce has been cut almost 10 percent because of furloughs and there's a hiring freeze in effect.

These cuts may catch some people by surprise. There were few, if any, hearings on specific cuts to things like the Hurricane Center because they were part of this larger package. So the public had very little chance to offer any input.

While money is there to keep the weather satellites online, the stalemate could delay the launch of new ones. Two are supposed to be launched in the next couple of years, but the sequester could delay that for 2 or 3 years.

The six-month Atlantic hurricane season begins June 1.

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