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What's left of the Atlantic Hurricane season?

Lyndsay Morrison, staff writer

October 20, 2010 — The 2010 hurricane season is winding down. Could we still see another damaging storm this year?

Satellite image of Hurricane Igor
Satellite image of Hurricane Igor

The 2010 Atlantic Hurricane season has already been a memorable one here in Canada, and it may not be over just yet.

The season officially runs from June 1 to November 30, which means there is still the potential for tropical storm and hurricane activity. Chris Fogarty is with the Canadian Hurricane Centre. He says people should not let their guard down just yet.

WHAT'S LEFT OF THE SEASON?

“It still looks active and we want people to still keep their eyes open for the month of October for sure,” Fogarty told The Weather Network.

Hurricane season typically peaks in September and then winds down in October. However, this is the time of year when hurricanes tend to form in the region around the Bermuda Triangle.

“Sometimes fronts and weather systems from the eastern US will move down into that area and stall,#8221 says Fogarty. The waters in that region are warm, and La Nina is still running strong. Storms that form in this area are also more likely to track into Canadian waters.

Summary of the 2010 hurricane season so far
Summary of the 2010 hurricane season so far

THE 2010 HURRICANE SEASON SO FAR

In an average hurricane season there would be 11 named storms with six hurricanes and two major hurricanes. This year, there have been 16 named storms, with nine hurricanes and five major hurricanes.

Two of those major hurricanes were Earl and Igor, and both had a devastating impact on Atlantic Canada. Hurricane Earl slammed into Nova Scotia on September 4, bringing powerful winds and heavy rain to all three Maritime provinces. Hundreds of trees were knocked down and thousands of people were left without power.

On September 21, a massive hurricane named Igor sideswiped Newfoundland, bringing unprecedented damage to the province. Roads were swept away, entire communities were flooded and thousands of people had no electricity.

Other noteworthy storms that caused damage elsewhere included Hurricane Alex, Tropical Storm Karl and Hurricane Paula.

To stay up-to-date on any storm activity in the south, click our Tropical Storm Centre.

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