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Weak Atlantic hurricane season draws to close

Weak Atlantic hurricane season draws to close

MIAMI — The 2013 Atlantic season has delivered the fewest hurricanes since 1982, U.S. forecasters said Monday, despite their predictions in May that it would be a busier than normal year.

“It was a busted forecast,” said Chris Landsea, a forecaster at the National Hurricane Center. “We did not anticipate it to be a quiet year.”

Forecasters had predicted 13 to 20 named Atlantic storms, seven to 11 that strengthen into hurricanes and three to six that become major hurricanes.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said there was a 70 percent chance that this year was going to be more active than an average hurricane season. NOAA only put the chance of a quiet year at 5 percent.

There were 13 named storms — right on target — but only two, Ingrid and Humberto, became hurricanes. Neither was considered “major,” which is a storm that reaches Category 3 strength with winds from 111 to 129 mph that can cause devastating damage.

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