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Record-setting hurricane season draws to a close

Posted November 26, 2008 11:40 a.m. EST

A preliminary plot of the tracks of named storms during the 2008 Atlantic Basin hurricane season. (NOAA)

The hurricane season for the Atlantic basin draws to a close this weekend, ending on Sunday.  NOAA says it was another active season, featuring:

  • 16 named storms, of which 8 were hurricanes (5 of those reaching major hurricane status -- Category 3 strength)
  • the first time six consecutive named storms made landfall in the US (Dolly, Edouard, Fay, Gustav, Hanna, and Ike)
  • the first time three major hurricanes struck Cuba (Gustav, Ike, and Paloma)
  • first season to have a major hurricane form in five consecutive months (July, Bertha; August, Gustav; September, Ike; October, Omar; November, Paloma)

The official press release from NOAA is a nice recap of the season.