The tropical Atlantic Ocean is quiet once again after a very active season. So far we've seen a total of 16 named storms, of which 9 have become hurricanes. In a normal season we typically see anywhere from 10 to 11 storms, of which 6 become hurricanes. The most active time of the year for eastern North Carolina is between the middle of August and the middle of October. The most significant event for us this season was the flooding that occurred in much of the area during the last week of September. That heavy rainfall was largely caused by the remnants of Tropical Storm Nicole. It is not unusual to see 2 or 3 additional storms after the middle of October and that may be the case this year. The good news is that the likelihood of a significant storm for eastern North Carolina is diminishing with every day.