Storm season officially ends

MIAMI -- The Atlantic region hurricane season, which officially ended Nov. 30, was one of the busiest and most destructive on record. The 14 tropical storms, of which 10 became hurricanes, were above average in number, and the death toll of 11,000 or more is among the highest recorded in two centuries, according to Jerry Jarrell, director of the National Hurricane Center here.

Nicole, the most recent storm, formed last week but has weakened and poses no threat to any land mass.

Hurricane forecaster William Gray, professor of atmospheric sciences at Colorado State University, predicted another violent storm season next year.

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