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The 2008 Atlantic hurricane season officially ended December 1, marking the end of a season that produced a record number of storms that consecutively struck the U.S.

The season ranks as one of the more active in the 64 years since comprehensive record-keeping began. A total of 16 named storms formed in 2008, based on an operational estimate by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Hurricane Center. The storms included eight hurricanes, five of which were classified as Category-3 strength or higher on the Saffir-Simpson scale. These numbers fall within the ranges predicted in NOAA’s pre- and mid-season outlooks issued in May and August. The August outlook called for 14-to-18 named storms, seven-to-10 hurricanes, and three-to-six major hurricanes. During an average season, 11 named storms, six hurricanes, and two major hurricanes may develop.

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