2016 Hurricane Season Ends Wednesday

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The 2016 Atlantic hurricane season ends Wednesday and, for the first time since 2012, the NOAA reports it was above average.

There were 15 names storms, 7 of which were Hurricanes. Hurricanes Gaston, Matthew and Nicole were classified as major hurricanes — category 3 or higher.

The worst and most memorable storm was Matthew, the first category 5 hurricane in the Atlantic since 2007. The strongest winds were 160 mph for 8 days, damaging the east cost from Florida to North Carolina.

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The forecast from NOAA for the 2016 was for a nearly average season. The increase this year was due to low wind shear and warm water temperatures.

The season began on June 1. None of the named storms hit Texas.

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