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Hurricane Humberto ruins shot at a 2013 record

By Ed Payne, CNN
updated 11:58 AM EDT, Wed September 11, 2013
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • 2013 was almost a record-setter for latest first hurricane formation
  • Humberto formed in the far eastern Atlantic early Wednesday
  • Forecasters predict an above-average year for Atlantic storms
  • Hurricane season ends on November 30

(CNN) -- Missed it by that much!

In a year that forecasters said there would be a few more hurricanes than normal, Humberto on Wednesday fell just a few hours short of setting a record for the latest first hurricane to form in the Atlantic Ocean. Normally, three hurricanes would have formed in the area by this time in hurricane season.

All that it had to do was wait until after 8 a.m. ET, but alas, no. Three hours ahead of that mark, the National Hurricane Center in Miami dubbed it a legitimate storm with sustained winds of a 75 mph, the threshold for a hurricane.

But it's not likely to cause much of a fuss. Early Wednesday, it was about 310 miles west-northwest of the Cape Verde Islands, off Africa's coast. It's expected to fizzle into a tropical storm over the weekend.

Back in May, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Climate Prediction Center said higher-than-average water temperatures were expected to help yield a few more Atlantic hurricanes than usual.

NOAA predicts above-normal Atlantic hurricane season

Between 13 and 20 named storms and seven to 11 hurricanes were predicted. Humberto is the eighth named storm of the year and, again, just the first hurricane.

For the Atlantic Ocean, a normal season would produce 12 named storms, including six hurricanes and three major ones.

There's still time, if you're rooting for more hurricanes. Hurricane season, which began on June 1, runs until November 30.

CNN's Sean Morris contributed to this report.

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