Persistent, unfavorable atmospheric conditions in the Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean Sea and tropical Atlantic Ocean led to the fewest number of hurricanes this season since 1982, but emergency leaders say residents shouldn’t get complacent because of the quiet season.
The 2013 season ranked at No. 6 of the least-active Atlantic hurricane seasons since 1950 in terms of collective strength and duration of named storms.
Though considered a quiet hurricane season overall, Horry County didn’t escape unscathed when a storm claimed the life of an area surfer.
There were 13 named storms in the Atlantic basin this year, of which two became hurricanes – Ingrid and Humberto. Neither reached the 111 mph sustained wind speed to become major hurricanes.
The 13 named storms is above the average of 12, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association said, but the number of hurricanes and major hurricanes were well below their averages of six and three, respectively.
Read the full story by The Sun News’ Amanda Kelley here.