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.
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.
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
passed over Puerto Rico, knocking out electricity in many parts and
delaying flights in and out of San Juan for a period of
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
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.
contact reporter Gay Nagle Myers, send e-mail to [email protected].