The good news is that six-month Atlantic hurricane season officially ended on Nov. 30. However, storms can and do form in December, so experienced hotel staff aren't stowing the hurricane shutters just yet.

2020, already a memorable year for many reasons -- and it was a record year for named storms. This year there were 30 of them, which smashed a lot of long-held records and forced  meteorologists to dig deep into the Greek alphabet, having run out of the assigned names by the middle of September. 

A typical season only produces 12 named storms.

Fortunately for the Caribbean region, it wasn't a catastrophic year. There wasn't a Dorian, as in 2019, or an Irma and Maria, as in 2017, or an Ivan, as in 2004, or a Hugo, as in 1989.

The victims this season primarily were Nicaragua, Honduras and several areas of the Louisiana and Gulf of Mexico coasts, which were battered by nine landfalls, including Hurricane Iota, a category 5 storm in late November.

Laura, a tropical storm in late August, killed nine people in the Dominican Republic and Haiti from flooding and mud slides before strengthening into a hurricane and ramming Louisiana.

Paulette made landfall in Bermuda in mid-September, but damage was minimal.

Warmer waters and rising ocean temperatures, the results of climate change, were most often cited as the chief reasons for the increase in the number and intensity of storms this year, according to forecasters at the National Hurricane Center.


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