Hurricane season 2005: They just keep coming and coming

MIAMI -- Hurricane Stan has proven a deadly storm for parts of Central America where many rivers crested their banks, creating dangerous mudslides and flooding, bringing the death toll to more than 100.

Stan made landfall along Mexico's Gulf coast near Veracruz on Oct. 4, weakened to a tropical depression Oct. 5, but continued to pound regions of Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Honduras and Costa Rica with punishing rains. Thousands along Stan's path have been evacuated.

Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Tammy, the 19th-named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, formed Oct. 5 off Florida's East Coast about 35 miles east of Jacksonville.

Tammy is expected to turn to the northwest in the next 24 hours, moving inland over southeastern Georgia and up into the Carolinas, producing heavy rainfalls.

The 2005 hurricane season is tied for the second busiest on record since record keeping started in 1851. The record for tropical storms in one year is 21, set in 1933. For those keeping tabs, all thats left this year, names-wise are Vince and Wilma (thatll bring this year up to 21) and then in the names will revert to the Greek alphabet (Alpha, Omega, etc.). Lets hope it doesnt come to that.

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