The Atlantic Basin, which includes the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico, continue to be active with tropical development. As of September 13, we've seen 14 named storms. The average number of storms for the entire tropical season is about 10 to 11. We'll probably see several more storms since the season doesn't end until November 30. So far, two tropical storms and one hurricane have hit the United states. Tropical Storm Don and Lee make landfall along the Gulf Coast while Hurricane Irene hit eastern North Carolina in late August. Tropical Storm Maria is not expected to impact the United States but more activity is likely to develop over the next several weeks. The most likely time for tropical storm and hurricane hits in our area is mid-August to mid-October although it is possible to see a storm as late as early November. I'm sure most of us would be happy if the season was already over.
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