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Quiet Atlantic hurricane season coming to end

Hurricane Gonzalo, right, is pictured as it approaches Bermuda at 11:15 p.m. EDT Thursday Oct. 16, 2014.
Hurricane Gonzalo, right, is pictured as it approaches Bermuda at 11:15 p.m. EDT Thursday Oct. 16, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, NOAA

MIAMI – This year’s relatively quiet Atlantic hurricane season is coming to an end.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reports that this season, which began June 1 and ends Sunday, matched forecasters’ predictions. The agency recorded a total of eight named storms, which had top winds of 63 km/h or higher. Six of those became hurricanes, meaning top winds of 119 km/h or higher.

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Louis Uccellini, director of NOAA’s National Weather Service, said in a news release that much of the U.S. coastline was spared this year, with only one hurricane making landfall along the East Coast.

Gerry Bell, lead hurricane forecaster at NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, says a combination of atmospheric conditions acted to suppress the Atlantic hurricane season.

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