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Busy Hurricane Season Does Less Damage, but Leaves Ominous Signs

  • Slow-moving storms dropping rain seen as harbingers of future
  • Bahamas suffered massive devastation from Category 5 Dorian
Two men observe a squall caused by hurricane Dorian looming in the Atlantic Ocean. 

Two men observe a squall caused by hurricane Dorian looming in the Atlantic Ocean. 

Photographer: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

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The Atlantic Ocean has spawned lots of storms this season while doing much less damage than prior years. But warming waters promise trouble ahead.

The 2019 Atlantic hurricane season, which ends Nov. 30, has been the eighth most-active in named storms based on records going back to 1851. So far, it has caused about $13.9 billion in damages across the basin, well below the estimated $50 billion from last year and the $220 billion in 2017.