Hurricane season rears its head again with Tropical Storm Zeta

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MIAMI -- Remember the 2005 Atlantic hurricane season? Who can forget it?

The most hurricane-racked year ever recorded refuses to go away, even though the season officially ended Nov. 30 with 26 named storms under its belt and a lot of water under a lot of bridges.

However, Tropical Storm Zeta -- the National Hurricane Center was forced to turn to the Greek alphabet when it ran out of names -- formed in the mid-Atlantic on Dec. 30, extending the record-breaking season and becoming the first Atlantic storm ever to start with a Z.

Zeta has been wandering around the Atlantic Ocean for several days and by Jan. 3 was still more than 1,300 miles from the Caribbean or even the Eastern seaboard of the U.S. and gave no hint of threatening any land mass.

No significant change in the 65 mph wind strength or location was predicted, although one computer model did show that it could become a weak hurricane, up from its current tropical storm status.

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

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