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Atlantic season produces fewest hurricanes in 31 years
MIAMI – The 2013 Atlantic season delivered the fewest hurricanes since 1982, U.S. forecasters said Monday, despite their predictions in May that it would be a busier-than-normal year.
There were 13 named storms – right on target – but only two, Ingrid and Humberto, became hurricanes. Neither was considered “major,” which is a storm with winds more than 110 mph. A normal year has six hurricanes and three major storms.
Forecasters say a combination of factors, including drier-than-expected air and persistent conditions in the atmosphere over the Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean Sea and tropical Atlantic Ocean, led to the weaker season.
Associated Press
Snow covers the ground in Placitas, N.M., after a snowstorm struck the state Monday.

Storm lurks as threat to snarl travel for holiday

– A winter storm system blamed for at least 11 fatal accidents in the West and Texas threatens to dampen the Thanksgiving holiday for millions of Americans traveling this week.

Nearly 300 American Airlines and American Eagle flights were canceled in and out of Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport on Monday because of the weather, spokeswoman Laura Masvidal said. Some of the country’s busiest airports – New York, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Boston and Charlotte, N.C. – could see big delays. Icy roads led to hundreds of accidents and at least 11 deaths, half of them in Texas. On Monday, the storm brought a mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain to parts of Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, southern Kansas and Texas.

But as the storm continues east, there are fears of heavy rain along the busy Interstate 95 corridor and sleet, freezing rain and snow away from the coast and at higher elevations.

Jeff Smidt is planning to fly Wednesday from his home in Toronto to visit his family in Andover, Mass., just outside Boston.

“I’m just hoping I also don’t become a statistic during the holiday weekend,” he said. “Worst comes to worst, it will be an eight-hour trek down Interstate 90.”

Ninety percent of travelers this week will drive, according to AAA, and an estimated 38.9 million people – 1.6 percent fewer than last year – are expected to drive 50 miles or more from their homes.