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Hurricane season blows out

EXPERTS HAVE admitted that their predictions of major hurricanes for the Atlantic and Caribbean were way off the mark.

Some forecasters thought this season would be worse than 2005, when a record 28 named storms formed, 15 of them hurricanes. So far, only five hurricanes have developed in the Atlantic, two of them major storms.

No hurricanes made landfall in the US this year, in contrast with four last year – although Ernesto came ashore as a tropical storm in August. Two more tropical storms are expected to develop before the close of the six-month season on November 30, scientists say.