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.