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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Tis the end of hurricane season!  November 30th marks the official end of the Atlantic basin hurricane season.

Here’s a rundown the 2014 Atlantic tropical season.

There were eight named storms, six of which were hurricanes and two of those were major hurricanes. With several factors taken into consideration, including wind speed, a tropical system gets named. Winds of 39mph to 73mph are Tropical Storms and become named.

Tropical systems with winds of 74mph or higher are classified as Hurricanes, and are assigned names.

Once a system meets all conditions required to be classified as a hurricane, they are rated, according to intensity which is based on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale.

This scale uses 1 through 5 as a “rating”.

Category 1:

Sustained Winds 74-95mph

Category 2:

Sustained Winds 96-110 mph

When a storm reaches 111mph sustained winds, or greater, it is then classified as a category 3 or higher and also considered a major hurricane.

Category 3:

Sustained Winds 111-129 mph

Category 4:

Sustained Winds 130-156 mph

Category 5:

157 mph or higher

The breakdown of the 2014 Atlantic named storm season:


July 1, 2014 Tropical Storm Arthur develops off the east coast of Florida. On July 3, 2014 Arthur strengthens into a hurricane, eventually making landfall between Cape Lookout and Beaufort, North Carolina.


On July 31, 2014 Bertha forms in the Atlantic ocean, by August 4th, strengthens into a hurricane.


Tropical Storm Cristobal forms on August 24th, 2014 near the southeastern Bahamas. On August 25th, strengthens into a hurricane.


September 2, 2014, Tropical Storm Dolly develops in the Bay of Campeche.


Hurricane Edouard, first major hurricane on September 16th, 2014


October 11 and 12th 2014, Tropical Storm Fay passed near the island of Bermuda..


October 18, 2014, hurricane Gonzalo made landfall over Bermuda as a Category 2 hurricane.

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