Saturday, December 31, 2005

Zeta Wants to Live; Eyes New Year

ORLANDO -- This year's record-shattering hurricane season just won't die.A month after the season officially ended, Tropical Storm Zeta formed in the eastern Atlantic Ocean, becoming the 27th named storm of 2005 and tying a 1954 record for the latest storm.

Zeta, about 1,000 miles south-southwest of the Azores with maximum sustained winds of nearly 50 m.p.h, was not expected to become a hurricane, threaten land or even stick around for the New Year." Fortunately, Zeta is more of a curiosity than a life-threatening event," said Chris Landsea of the National Hurricane Center. Even so, Landsea said forecasters were "incredulous" as they watched thunderstorms swirl into a small tropical storm during the final days of 2005.

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