The National Hurricane Center may be coining its own version of the "It's not over 'til the fat lady sings" line, with its own line of "It's not over 'til Mother Nature decides it's over."

Tropical Storm Olga formed this week, two weeks after the official end of the 2007 Atlantic hurricane season, and entered the record books as the 15th named storm of the season and only the 10th named storm to develop in the month of December since record keeping began in 1851, according to the NHC in Miami.

Three named storms have formed after Nov. 30 since 2003.

Olga forced evacuations of 22 communities earlier this week along the southwestern coast of the Dominican Republic, an area hard hit by Tropical Storm Noel six weeks ago.

Residents along Haiti's coast were urged to evacuate in advance of the storm, which threatened to dump several inches of heavy rain in the low-lying areas.

Earlier, Olga passed over Puerto Rico, knocking out electricity in many parts and delaying flights in and out of San Juan for a period of time.

Storm warnings were posted for the southeastern Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos, but Olga was expected to gradually weaken over the next couple of days.

Ironically, Olga emerged on the heels of the 2008 Atlantic hurricane season predictions issued on Dec. 8 by Colorado State forecasters and scientists Phil Klotzbach and William Gray whose predictions for 2007 were slightly off the mark and were revised downward several times during the season.

The 2008 forecast calls for 13 named storms, including seven hurricanes, three of which will become major.

The 2008 season officially begins June 1, so there is a lot of time for revision, the forecasters said.

In case anyone is keeping track, the remaining storm names for 2007 are Pablo, Rebekah, Sebastien, Tanya, Van and Wendy.

To contact reporter Gay Nagle Myers, send e-mail to [email protected].

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