The area of disturbed weather near Puerto Rico over the past few days is finally moving northward and has become a tropical storm. Kyle is the eleventh named stormed this season and officially make the 2008 season an active one. The average number of named tropical systems is 10 so we have definitely gone beyond what is usually expected. Over the final two months of the season we can probably expect at least 2 or 3 additional storms. Late season storms usually develop in the Caribbean Sea or Gulf of Mexico. The areas most impacted by late season storms are Central America and the Gulf Coast. It is well to keep in mind that one of the worst hurricanes to hit our area was Hurricane Hazel on October 15, 1954. I usually don't write off the tropical season until October has come and gone so that means about five more weeks of worry.
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