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Destructive 2018 Atlantic hurricane season draws to an end
28 November 2018
The 2018 Atlantic hurricane season officially concludes on 30 November, and will be remembered most for hurricanes Florence and Michael, which caused significant damage in the southeastern U.S. In total, the season produced 15 named storms, including eight hurricanes of which two were "major" (Category 3, 4 or 5). An average season has 12 named storms, six hurricanes, and three major hurricanes.
"From the start of the 2018 hurricane season to its conclusion, NOAA and its dedicated staff of scientists, researchers, and forecasters have remained on the frontlines, saving countless American lives with critical and accurate data," said U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. "Time and again NOAA and NOAA resources have proven their value to the American people during the most urgent of circumstances."
Image credit: NOAA - A graphic showing 2018 Atlantic tropical cyclone names selected by the World Meteorological Organization.