Today is August 3, 2006. So far this season we have seen two tropical storms form and drench parts of the Eastern US. Now we have Tropical Storm Chris approaching the Bahama Islands with a possible Sunday morning landfall on the island of Cuba. There is a prediction after the Cuban landfall the storm will make it into the Gulf of Mexico.
In contrast on August 3, 2005, the eighth storm of that season had formed and was named Harvey. It did not impact the US and stayed out in the Atlantic until it dissipated.
This just underscores how much of a fluke season 2005 was. We still got the most active storm formation months coming up so things could get hectic but to predict anything else would be foolhardy. All people can do is be prepared.